Saturday, March 24, 2018

Trump Goes To The Mat For Our Troops And Signs The Budget Bill


By Frances Rice

President Donald Trump understands clearly that the survival of our nation depends on our country being militarily and economically strong.  The Obama Administration took actions that severely weakened our military and economy. We elected Trump to be our president and he is working to make our country economically and militarily strong again. 

Below is an article about the $1.3 trillion budget bill with excessive spending that Trump signed reluctantly because it provided much needed funding for our military.  Also below are facts about Trump’s other recent accomplishments he made on behalf of the people of America.

Trump signs $1.3 trillion spending bill, despite earlier threat to veto

President Trump signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill Friday despite an earlier threat to veto the legislation due to the lack of border wall funding and a fix for DACA.

Trump signed the mammoth legislation reluctantly, saying in a press availability with other members of the administration that, in order to secure a necessary increase in military spending, he had to give money to Democratic projects that he derided as a "wasted sum of money."

"It's not right and it's very bad for our country," he said.

But he said that military spending was very important, and that concern overrode his thoughts about vetoing the legislation.

“Therefore, as a matter of national security, I've signed this omnibus budget bill. There are a lot of things I’m unhappy about in this bill…But I say to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again. I'm not going to do it again,” he said.

He also called on Congress to end the filibuster in the Senate and to give him a line item veto.

“To prevent the omnibus situation from ever happening again, I'm calling on Congress to give me a line item veto for all government spending bills," he said. "And the Senate must end -- they must end -- the filibuster rule and get down to work.”

Trump had tweeted earlier Friday that he was considering using the veto, saying that recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program “have been totally abandoned by the Democrats.” He added that the border wall, which he said was "desperately needed for our National Defense" is not fully funded.

The House adjourned Friday morning until Monday, meaning that if Trump had vetoed the bill then the government would shut down.

Trump moved to end the DACA program in September, giving Congress a six-month window to come up with a legislative fix. That deadline has been delayed by court orders, but the fate of the 800,000 enrolled recipients is still uncertain.

Trump addressed DACA recipients at the press availability: "Republicans are with you," he said, before accusing Democrats of blocking efforts to fix DACA "every step of the way."

The White House has tried to use the DACA issue to convince Democrats to support approximately $25 billion in funding for Trump’s central campaign promise. But a congressional GOP source told Fox News talks broke drown after Democrats pushed for a path to citizenship to include also those who are currently eligible -- expanding those covered to 1.8 million.

The spending bill passed by Congress includes only $1.6 billion for border measures -- much of which is for repairs to already existing fencing. It explicitly rules out any new prototypes of the kind President Trump viewed this month in California. But House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and the White House pushed back against conservative concerns on Thursday, saying it provided for 100 miles of border construction.

Democrats had claimed victory on the issue, pointing to the fact that Trump's requests for new deportation agents and detention center beds had gone unanswered, although they had expressed disappointment at the failure to get a DACA fix in the bill.

The deal has also irked more conservative members of Congress, who objected to the size and cost of the bill (which ran in at over 2,000 pages) as well as the failure to remove funding for Planned Parenthood and so-called "sanctuary cities."  Other Republicans approved of the deal, pointing to a massive increase in military and infrastructure spending as well as funding to help combat the nation's opioid crisis.

Trump’s veto threat was totally unexpected, particularly as the White House had signaled Trump would support the bill if passed by Congress. Most lawmakers have already left Washington for a two week recess. Some are on overseas trips already.

Fox News' Chad Pergram and Mike Emanuel contributed to this report.


Did you know?

  •  According to the University of Michigan, consumer sentiment in March jumped to a 14 year high as the President’s tax cuts boosted disposable incomes!

  • NFIB Small Business Economic Trends Survey optimism index hit a record high!


  President Trump rolled out the immediate actions his Administration and Congress should take to tackle schools violence, including supporting the STOP School Violence Act, Fix NICS Act, and advocating for states to adopt Extreme Risk Protection Orders.

o   President Trump made Secretary DeVos in charge of a commission to look at long term solutions, including age restriction on certain firearm purchases.

  President Trump nominated CIA Director Pompeo to be the new Secretary of State and Deputy Director of the CIA Gina Haspel to be the first female Director of the CIA.

 The Treasury Department sanction 18 Russian individuals and entities accused of interference in the 2016 presidential election and undermining the countries cyber security.

 The President issued an order, pursuant to the Defense Production Act of 1950, preventing Broadcom’s hostile foreign takeover of the American company Qualcomm. 


Delivering Tax Cuts & Tax Reform

“Six months ago, I promised that we would cut taxes to bring Main Street roaring all the way back, and we did.”
– President Donald J. Trump

The President held a roundtable discussion on tax cuts and tax reform in St. Louis, Missouri. President Trump listened to a range of different voices to hear how tax reform has changed lives for Missourians. 

“Families right here in Missouri will save more than $4 billion in taxes, and that's just for this year alone. Four billion dollars right in Missouri. And millions of workers are getting more bonuses, higher wages, and more take-home pay,” President Trump said to the roundtable at the Boeing Company.

Building Stronger Border Security

“The border wall is truly our first line of defense.”
– President Donald J. Trump

President Trump traveled to San Diego, California, where he got a firsthand look at border wall prototypes. 

He also met with immigration officials and took their input on what it takes to make our border safe again. 

The President is fulfilling a promise to the American people by securing our border and keeping our nation safe. “It will save thousands and thousands of lives, save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars by reducing crime, drug flow, welfare fraud, and burdens on schools and hospitals. 

The wall will save hundreds of billions of dollars — many, many times what it’s going to cost,” the President said while looking at the wall prototypes.

Taking Immediate Actions to Secure Our Schools

“Every child deserves to grow up in a safe community surrounded by a loving family and to have a future filled with opportunity and with hope.”
– President Donald J. Trump

President Trump is making sure our schools are safe and secure, just like our airports, stadiums, and government buildings. 

The President proposed expanding and reforming mental health programs while also supporting legislation to strengthen background checks and law enforcement operations.

In contrast to President Barack Obama, President Trump has already taken aggressive moves to counter Russia’s malfeasance. 

Here’s a quick recap of President Trump’s actions:

 Imposed sanctions on Russians engaged in cyberattacks on the U.S. election process in 2016.

o   This follows the signing legislation over the summer to impose new sanctions on Russia, and ordering the closure of Russian consulates in the U.S.

  Joined the international community in condemning Russia’s role in poisoning former spy, Sergei Skripal.

o   Sanctioned Russians who participated in the Russian incursion in Ukraine.

o   Personally approved the largest sale of lethal weapons to Ukraine in years (Congress authorized such sales in 2014, but the Obama admin never followed through).

 Bolstered the NATO alliance by increasing funding, and cooperation with NATO partners.

 Working to strengthen U.S. domestic cybersecurity infrastructure against future attacks.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Think Obama Administration Wasn't Corrupt? Think Again


Obama Scandal: Former President Obama and his political supporters have repeatedly stated that his administration was scandal-free, unlike administrations before and after. "We're probably the first administration in modern history that hasn't had a major scandal in the White House," Obama himself said. A new book puts the lie to that statement.

Never mind that the left-leaning big media basically ignored major scandals during the Obama years, ranging from the IRS targeting scandal and the VA's deadly waiting lists for veterans to Hillary Clinton's illegal use of an unsecured, hackable home-brew server for her official duties as secretary of state and the Fast and Furious gunwalking program.

These and others were epic scandals that the media simply ignored or downplayed.

The media have contrasted Obama's supposed honesty and forthrightness with President Trump's supposed venality and political unscrupulousness, as embodied in the year-and-a-half long Russia-Trump scandal investigation that shows few signs of letting up.

But now comes Peter Schweizer's new book, "Secret Empires: How Our Politicians Hide Corruption and Enrich Their Families and Friends," which shows that the Obama administration and its cronies were up to their necks in questionable business deals and may even have intentionally distorted public policy to accommodate their own profit-making.

The book claims "Obama and his administration would deem industries either destructive to the environment or exploitative for the financial and professional gain of his freines, including industries such as coal mining, offshore drilling, cash advance companies, and for-profit colleges.  wrote Katelyn Caralle of the Washington Examiner.

Schweizer's book, based on extensive research, says that Obama acted to regulate certain industries in such a way that it lowered the value of some of the companies, wrote Katelyn Caralle of the Washington Examiner. These actions let two family friends to profit handsomely on deals through their own investment firm.

Here's how it worked: Obama buddies Marty Nesbitt and Harreld Kirkpatrick III formed a private equity investment firm called Vistria, right around the time Obama was re-elected in 2012.

Nothing wrong with that, except, as Schweizer notes in his book, "A curious pattern began to emerge. Obama and his administration would attack industries with government power, which led to substantially lower valuations for these companies. Nesbitt and Vistria, or others close to Obama, could then acquire those assets for pennies on the dollar."

As an example, Schweizer cites the case of for-profit higher education schools like University of Phoenix, ITT Technical Institute, and DeVry University. In 2013, Obama blamed the schools for taking advantage of students by saddling them with massive amounts of student debt, ruining their credit and making a profit on it. He ordered the Federal Trade Commission to go after them.

In the case of the University of Phoenix, its parent Apollo Education Group was suspended after a Federal Trade Commission investigation in 2015. The following year, three companies, including Vistria, swooped in to buy what remained of Apollo at a price 90% below its share price before the investigation.

As Vistria's education investment portfolio bulged, a number of Obama Education Department officials, including Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, ended up taking high-level jobs with Vistria.

That's just one example. There are others.

Schweizer noted in his book, for instance, that both Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry were deeply involved in trade and security talks with China even as that country began its aggressive campaign to expand its military and physical presence in the South China Sea.

Contrary to standard diplomatic practice, however, both played "good cop," not seriously confronting China on its misbehavior.

Remember, Biden and Kerry were close friends from their years spent together in the Senate. So there was little surprise when Biden's son, Hunter, and Kerry's stepson, Christopher Heinz, one of the heirs to the Heinz ketchup fortune, went into business together in 2009.

They created a number of equity and real estate investment firms allied to Rosemont Capital, "the alternative investment fund of the Heinz Family Office."
So far so good. Except, "Over the next seven years, as both Joe Biden and John Kerry negotiated sensitive and high-stakes deals with foreign governments, Rosemont entities secured a series of exclusive deals with those same foreign governments."

In December of 2013, for instance, Biden traveled to China for talks. He brought Hunter Biden along. While there, the senior Biden soft-pedaled China's clear aggression, and played up the bilateral trade partnership. Ten days after the trip concluded, China's central bank, the Bank of China, set up a $1 billion investment joint venture called Bohai Harvest RST. For the record, the "RS" referred to Biden's son's firm, Rosemont Seneca.

But months later, in July 2014, Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to China, also for talks. Kerry talked little of China's clear aggression, but did conspicuously note that "China and the United States represent the greatest economic alliance trading partnership in the history of humankind."

He should know. In the ensuing months, Chinese government-linked firms took major stakes in several of the firms owned or controlled by Hunter Biden and Chris Heinz, and provided them with massive funding totaling billions of dollars. Nor is this the only scandal involving John Kerry.

And this just scratches the surface. The book is a catalog, a virtual roadmap, to the way corrupt business gets done in Washington — and why Americans are smart to question why their representative go to Washington as paupers, and return as millionaires.

We can only hope that as Biden or Kerry gears up for a challenge to Trump in the 2020 presidential contest, they will receive the same relentless scrutiny that a Republican with the same record of venality would get. But we won't hold our breath.



Trump Hits China For Stealing U.S. Intellectual Property

By Katie Pavlich | Townhall

President Trump signed another round of tariffs at the White House Thursday afternoon, this time targeting Chinese intellectual property theft.

Citing a threat to American innovation, the administration  "will propose for public comment adding 25 percent additional tariffs on certain products that are supported by China’s unfair industrial policy" with "sectors subject to the proposed tariffs will include aerospace, information communication technology, and machinery."

"We're doing things for this country that should've been done for many, many years," Trump said before a brief signing ceremony. "We have a tremendous intellectual property theft going on, which likewise is hundreds of billions of dollars and that's on a yearly basis."

"It [China] is the largest deficit of any country in the history of our world," he continued. "This has been long in the making. We've lost, over a fairly short period of time, 60,000 factories in our country, six million jobs at least. Gone."
"The era of economic surrender is over," Vice President Mike Pence added.
Trump also addressed NAFTA, which he has repeatedly threatened to walk away from unless Mexico and Canada can come up with a better deal for the United States.

"NAFTA's been a very bad deal for the United States," Trump said.


Wait, What? Andrew McCabe Launched an FBI Investigation Into Attorney General Sessions Because Dems Asked Him To?

By Katie Pavlich | Townhall

It's been less than a week since former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions after a recommendation for termination from the Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility.

The drama surrounding the lawful and justified firing hasn't stopped since and late Wednesday night, ABC News dropped a bombshell story alleging Sessions was under FBI investigation last year for perjury. The man leading the charge? Andrew McCabe.

Nearly a year before Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired senior FBI official Andrew McCabe for what Sessions called a "lack of candor," McCabe oversaw a federal criminal investigation into whether Sessions lacked candor when testifying before Congress about contacts with Russian operatives, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

One source told ABC News that Sessions was not aware of the investigation when he decided to fire McCabe last Friday less than 48 hours before McCabe, a former FBI deputy director, was due to retire from government and obtain a full pension, but an attorney representing Sessions declined to confirm that.

Last year, several top Republican and Democratic lawmakers were informed of the probe during a closed-door briefing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and McCabe, ABC News was told.

According to the report, the investigation came after Democrat Senators requested the FBI look into contacts Sessions had with the Russians during the course of the 2016 presidential campaign and the White House transition between November 2016 and January 2017.

According to the sources, McCabe authorized the criminal inquiry after a top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, and then-Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., wrote a letter in March 2017 to the FBI urging agents to investigate "all contacts" Sessions may have had with Russians, and "whether any laws were broken in the course of those contacts or in any subsequent discussion of whether they occurred."


As Mollie Hemingway notes over at The Federalist, this story was likely leaked to ABC by team McCabe or McCabe himself in an effort to undermine Sessions in the wake of his firing. That strategy is backfiring and instead bolsters accusations the FBI is highly politicized and allowing Democrat Senators, with whom they agree, to drive criminal investigations.


John Bolton: The Wisdom of This Choice Is Made Clear in the Panic of Liberals

By Mark Davis |Towhall

Photo: John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and Trump's new National Security Adviser

With one presidential decision, America gained one of its boldest National Security Advisers, and lost one of its best cable news guests.

Roughly an hour after John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., was named as the replacement for the outgoing adviser H.R. McMaster, he appeared on Fox News with “The Story” host Martha MacCallum, who was loaded with great questions for a man known for his blunt assessments of the world scene and sharp views on the policies that best serve America.

She learned quickly that the new position changes everything for Bolton.

Amid stories of inner-circle discord over President Trump’s praise for freshly re-elected Russian President Vladmir Putin, she had to wonder if Bolton would speak disapprovingly of the congratulatory words that have alarmed so many, despite Barack Obama having done the same six years ago.

The adviser-designate made clear that his years of writing and speaking about countless issues have left a record he is proud of, but that his job now is to subjugate his views to the president’s. He did let on that the whole flap struck him as overblown: “I don’t consider it a significant point… I’ve said congratulations to a lot of people, foreign diplomats and officials, it’s a matter of being polite...It’s a matter of courtesy more than anything.”

Having gleaned a sliver of an answer on one issue, MacCallum plowed forward, seeking newsworthy specifics on how Bolton’s strong views might inform the advice he gave the president. “I don’t think it’s appropriate to tell you what advice I would give him,” he replied.

Would he continue to oppose the Iran nuclear deal, creating conflict with Defense Secretary James Mattis, who has shown more tolerance for it? Does he expect his views on that, or anything else, to create conflict among the Trump national security team? Should we keep the military option on the table with regard to North Korea? Is meeting with Kim Jong-un a good idea?

“Same question, same answer,” he replied. Always with a smile, Trump’s newest team member made clear his thoughts and analysis were no longer for the benefit of the general public, but for his new boss.

He did intimate that he would not be shy in that setting: “If the government can’t have a free interchange of ideas among the president’s advisers, the president is not well served.” 

He also shared a story revealing that if his opinion did not prevail, he would always maintain awareness of his role, as implementer of presidential will.

Harry Truman’s Secretary of State, Dean Acheson, he recalled, would often describe why they got along so well: “Neither one of us ever forgot who was president.”

Then, a story from his own service: If, as an Assistant Secretary of State under George H.W. Bush, some idea of his was simply not holding sway, James Baker would remind him: “The guy who got elected doesn’t want to do it.”

So as John Bolton the spirited commentator fades from view, I take comfort in the knowledge that if his views and passions will no longer be heard by me, they will surely be heard by the president during what should be a chapter that leads to even clearer evidence that this is an administration serious about the threats of a dangerous world.

There is something else Bolton is serious about, the one area he was not hesitant in addressing—leaks, of the sort that enabled the absurd Putin congratulation uproar to become a brushfire.

“I was outraged by it,” he told MacCallum, “It recalled earlier in the administration when somebody was leaking transcripts of the president’s conversations with foreign leaders. It’s completely unacceptable; you cannot conduct diplomacy, you cannot expect other foreign leaders to be candid and open in their conversations with the president if some Munchkin in the executive branch decides they’re going to leak the talking points or the transcript or any other aspect of it.”

Now there’s the John Bolton we know.

America will now come to know him with greater familiarity in his service to the nation and the administration, which will hopefully last longer than the tenure of his two predecessors.

There is healthy evidence of the wisdom of this choice in the panic of liberals who convulsed the moment it was announced. But there is also a part of the Trump base that might be uneasy, the voters who viewed him as unlikely to entangle America in further extended deployments in various hot spots.

Make no mistake, Bolton believes in the American military as a force for good around the world. He will never share the Trump view that going to war in Iraq was a mistake. But if he is to be taken at his word, he knows that he is not “the guy who got elected.” There is no evidence that his hawkish nature contains some strong urge toward new, large troop deployments anywhere.

But he shares the Trump view that the Iran nuclear deal is a disaster, and that North Korea should know every day that a military option is always on the table to address his missile adventures. That strong position, both men would say, has contributed to better North Korean behavior of late, and even the prospect of a Trump/Kim meeting.

Ronald Reagan famously said that no war in his lifetime ever started because America was too strong. 

If that is instructive, war is in fact less likely with a president unafraid to give voice to such strength, and a National Security Adviser willing to inform it.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Louis Farrakhan’s Anti-Semitism Reveals More Inconsistency On The Left


Photo: Louis Farrakhan

Hostility and prejudice towards Jewish people is obviously nothing new in our country or the world. 

It is actually quite interesting to note that there are neo-Nazis and Black radical extremists, who while simultaneously hating one another, share common ground with both groups having a fanatical distaste for Jewish people.  

With this in mind, this form of bigotry has been the impetus for some political rumblings in the media as of late.

The Daily Caller has revealed the number of politicians with direct connections to Minister Louis Farrakhan, the 84-year-old leader of the Nation of Islam, who has been known for his hostile remarks toward the Jewish people in the past.

Some have gone on to denounce Farrakhan and/or his statements recently.  However, there are still those who have maintained a relationship with him in spite of the vile remarks that he has made about this particular people group.

Farrakhan’s history of anti-Semitism

In 2014, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) detailed Farrakhan’s anti-semitism and what they call his “anti-white theology.”  

The SPLC may not always be correct in their assessments of other well-known individuals or organizations, especially those with a conservative viewpoint, but they seem to hit the nail on the head when analyzing Farrakhan and his own controversial statements from the past.  

The page about Farrakhan on their site gives his “extremist info,” his background, and quotes from him going back to 1990.

With a video he made and a certainly debatable remark from 1990 — “The Jews, a small handful, control the movement of this great nation, like a radar controls the movement of a great ship in the waters … the Jews got a stranglehold on the Congress.” — one may ask the question: did he ever list out the evidence that he has against Jewish people?

Inconsistencies on the left regarding Farrakhan

Even with there being a history of disputable assertions by Farrakhan, politicians, like Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters, have not condemned him.  

Also, as pointed out by The Daily Caller, Minnesota Representative and Democratic National Committee deputy chair Keith Ellison continued to meet with Farrakhan, even after having condemned him earlier in 2006.

CNN’s Jake Tapper made a good point about condemning Farrakhan’s bigotry through a recent social media post.

James Hasson, a Contributor for The Federalist, actually pointed back to previous social media posts by Farrakhan to reveal the “bile” that he is known for uttering.

If Trump was seen taking pictures and shaking hands with White supremacists, like David Duke and Richard Spencer, then the Left would be having a field day about his apparent racism and ties to racists. 

Therefore, for them to keep some supposed air of moral superiority over Republicans or conservatives, they must remain consistent and denounce the anti-semitism of Minister Farrakhan.

How can Rep. Maxine Walters blast Trump over the white supremacy displayed in Charlottesville and allow bigotry in another name slide?  Rep. Ellison once said about Trump:

I have to come to a conclusion, based on all of the behavior I’ve seen out of Donald Trump, that the reason he is reluctant to denounce white supremacy and neo-Nazis and Klan members is because he has some level of sympathy for them.

So, if we use Ellison’s logic against itself in this situation, then can we ascertain from his reluctance to completely denounce Farrakhan’s prejudice (and avoid meeting with him until there is change or an expression of regret from Farrakhan) that he sympathizes with this form of prejudice?

Any rational individual who is against any form of bigotry is against all forms of bigotry.

Jerome Danner is a member of Project 21, an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research.  Follow him on Twitter and Facebook for more of his thoughts and commentary.  For more of Jerome’s writing, please check out his website.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

SHOCKWAVE: FBI Deputy Director McCabe Fired By AG Sessions!

Former FBI official Andrew McCabe.  (Associated Press)

Trump calls fired McCabe ‘choirboy’, suggests FBI corruption ‘at the highest levels’

President Trump called Andrew McCabe a 'choirboy' as he lauded the former acting FBI Director's firing, suggesting multiple federal reports show “corruption at the highest level.”

“Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!” Trump tweeted hours after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the dismissal.

McCabe was fired just days before he would have been eligible for a lifetime pension after it was determined that he lied to investigators reviewing the bureau’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server.

"Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately," Sessions said in a statement.

He went to say that after reviewing the reports, it was “McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor − including under oath − on multiple occasions.”

"The FBI expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and accountability. As the OPR proposal stated, 'all FBI employees know that lacking candor under oath results in dismissal and that our integrity is our brand,'" Sessions said.

Soon after his firing, McCabe hit back in a fiery response of his own.

"This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally," McCabe said. "It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.”

McCabe said he and his family have been the targets of unrelenting attacks on their reputation and his service to the U.S.

"Articles too numerous to count have leveled every sort of false, defamatory and degrading allegation against us,” he said. “The President’s tweets have amplified and exacerbated it all. He called for my firing. He called for me to be stripped of my pension after more than 20 years of service. And all along we have said nothing, never wanting to distract from the mission of the FBI by addressing the lies told and repeated about us. No more."

McCabe's firing marked a stunning fall for a man who was No. 2 at the bureau for a time under former FBI Director James Comey, ran it and even was reportedly on Trump’s short list for the directorship.

But McCabe has also been mired in controversy in recent years.

Sessions’ decision to fire McCabe came as Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded a bureau oversight investigation, with a report expected to be critical of McCabe’s handling of the Clinton email probe, his handling of the bureau during the early months of the Russia investigation, and his ties to the Democratic Party.

Horowitz determined that McCabe hadn't been forthcoming in regard to the handling of the FBI’s probe into Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state in the Obama administration.

The inspector general’s finding sparked an FBI disciplinary process that recommended McCabe’s firing.

Horowitz’s investigation, which landed McCabe in hot water, faults the former deputy director for the way he answered questions about his approval for interactions between an FBI official and a reporter about the bureau’s investigation into the nonprofit Clinton Foundation.

McCabe was “removed” from his post as deputy to FBI Director Christopher Wray in January, setting in motion a plan to leave the bureau after months of conflict-of-interest complaints from Republicans — including President Trump.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday that the decision was entirely up to Sessions, but that McCabe was a "bad actor."

"That's a determination we [left] up to Attorney General Sessions, but we do think that it is well documented that he has had some very troubling behavior and has been a bad actor," Sanders said.

“FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!” Trump tweeted in December, before McCabe’s removal.

McCabe became acting director of the FBI after Trump fired Comey on May 9, 2017. McCabe led the bureau, independently, until Aug. 2, 2017 — during the early months of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates.

Republicans have also long criticized McCabe for his ties to the Democratic Party — his wife received donations during a failed 2015 Virginia Senate run from a group tied to a Clinton ally, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe — all while the Clinton email probe was underway.

“How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?” the president tweeted in December.

The president was “not a part of the decision making process,” when McCabe was removed from the bureau in January, press secretary Sanders said.

McCabe returned to the white-hot spotlight when Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released its memo on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses in connection with the Russia probe, saying that McCabe signed a FISA warrant targeting former Trump campaign volunteer adviser Carter Page.

“McCabe testified before the committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the [FISA court] without the Steele dossier information,” the memo read. The Steele dossier was unverified, and financed as opposition research by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.

And recently uncovered text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page revealed a new timeline in the Clinton email probe, apparently showing McCabe’s knowledge of the investigation.

The text messages suggest that as of Sept. 28, 2016, Strzok, Page and McCabe were aware of new Clinton emails found on the laptop of disgraced former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, spouse of Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

“Got called up to Andy’s earlier … hundreds of thousands of emails turned over by Weiner’s atty to sdny, includes a ton of material from spouse. Sending team up tomorrow to review…this will never end …” Strzok wrote in a text message to Page.

But it wasn’t until Oct. 27, 2016 that Comey was briefed on the newly discovered emails — meaning McCabe kept the director in the dark for a month.

Horowitz is specifically investigating McCabe and whether he wanted to avoid taking action on the laptop findings until after the presidential election, in which Clinton lost to Trump.

According to testimony obtained by Fox News from an Office of Special Counsel interview with former Comey Chief of Staff James Rybicki, McCabe’s office did not notify him until the night of Oct. 26, 2016.

The OSC also interviewed FBI Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson, who testified that Comey was first briefed on the material found on Weiner’s laptop on Oct. 27, 2016.

Anderson noted that the director’s office decided to “urgently” address the situation.

“Given the significance of the matter, um, uh, that we had to proceed quickly,” Anderson told investigators. “It was just too, too explosive for us to sit on.”

So it wasn’t until Oct. 28, 2016, that Comey sent a letter to Congress announcing the “recent developments” of the discovery of the Clinton and Abedin communications found on the laptop —which he had just been briefed on a day before. That letter reopened the Clinton email probe just a week before the election. The inspector general is investigating McCabe’s involvement in this timeline.

Several Republicans also have pointed with alarm to the Strzok-Page texts and their references to McCabe in relation to an “insurance policy” to prevent Trump from being elected president, and a “secret society” within the bureau.

Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @brookefoxnews.