WTPC 2018 Ohio General Election Poll Results

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Sunday, July 15, 2018

TEA PARTY POLL SHOWS STRONG TRUMP SUPPORT IN OHIO

SENATE AND GOVERNOR RACES IN DEAD HEATS

Akron, OH:  Today, the Ohio TEA Party organization, the We the People Convention, released the results of it Ohio state poll which was conducted between June 30, 2018 and July 10,2018. The poll surveyed 1,485 Ohioans to determine the position of Ohio voters on President Trump’s performance; the US Senate Race between incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican challenger Jim Renacci; and the Ohio Governor race between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray. (Click here to see poll details)

The We the People Convention poll showed that 51.35% of Ohioans rate President Trump’s overall performance as doing “Very Well” (40.40%) or “Well” (10.95%) so far. It showed that 51.40% of Ohioans would vote for President Trump this year if he were on the ballot. The survey also showed that only 41.67% of Ohioans support the Democrat agenda to repeal tax cuts, bring more immigrants into the US, restore Obamacare and impeach President Trump if they re-take the US House of Representatives.

The survey found that Democrat Sherrod Brown leads Republican Jim Renacci 44.98% to 40.89% with 14.12% undecided in the Ohio US Senate Race. The poll found that Republican Mike DeWine leads Democrat Richard Cordray 42.15% to 38.08% with 16.92% undecided and 2.81% voting for Green Party or Libertarian Party candidates.

Tom Zawistowski, President of the We the People Convention said, “As we have seen increasingly in past election cycles, polls are being used by the left as propaganda in an attempt to sway voters and affect donor behavior. We had no intention of doing a poll this early, however, recent “Fake Polls” by NBC/Marrist showing only 34% of Ohioans saying Trump deserves re-election and a ridiculous Quinnipiac poll suggesting that Sherrod Brown has a 17% lead over Jim Renacci, forced us once again to do our own poll because we knew from our grassroots network that the other polls had to be propaganda. Our poll proved that we were right once again, just as we predicted Donald Trump’s victory in Ohio 2016 and accurately projected the outcomes of the recent primary.”

Zawistowski concluded by saying, “Based on our poll results we believe that it is highly likely that Jim Renacci will defeat Sherrod Brown in the Ohio General Election in November and that Mike DeWine will be the next Governor of Ohio. We also believe that all 12 Ohio Republican Congressmen will be re-elected. We see no signs of a “blue wave”, in fact, our data suggests just the opposite that Ohio is turning from a purple state to a red state in 2018.”

Executive Summary Ohio 2018 General Election Poll Results

The poll was conducted by TRZ Communication of Akron, OH to determine the position of Ohio Voters on President Trump’s performance, the US Senate Race between Incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Challenger Jim Renacci, and the Ohio Governor race between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray. This Ohio poll was conducted for the We the People Convention, Inc. from Saturday, June 30, 2018 through Tuesday, July 10, 2018.  The telephone poll surveyed 1,485 Ohio voters who were randomly selected from a list of all landline telephones in the State of Ohio. The poll has a margin of error of  ± 3% at the 95% confidence level. Results were gathered from all 88 Counties in Ohio and every age group from 19 year olds to 90 year olds were surveyed with 54.2% being female and 45.8% being male.

Results:

Q-1: How would you rate President Trump’s Overall performance as President so far??

Doing Very Well –  40.40%

Doing Well –  10.95%

Not Doing Well –  9.59%

Doing Terrible Job –  39.05%

Q- 2: If President Trump were on the ballot in Ohio for re-election this fall, and he is not, would he get your vote?

I would vote for Trump Now –  51.40%

I would NOT vote for Trump Now –  48.60%

Q-3: This Fall Democrats are attempting to take back majority control of the US House of Representatives on the pledge to repeal the tax cuts, to fight to keep US borders open and bring in millions of more immigrants, to restore Obamacare, and to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Do you support this Democratic plan:

Support Democrat agenda – 41.67%

I do NOT support the Democrat agenda – 53.57%

I am unsure whose agenda I support –  4.76%

Q-4: In Ohio there will be a very important race for US Senate between long time Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown and Republican Congressman Jim Renacci.  Knowing only what you know now about these candidates, if the election were today, which one would get your vote for US Senate?

Sherrod Brown – 44.98%

Jim Renacci – 40.89%

Undecided – 14.12%

Q-5: In the Ohio Governor’s race, long time Republican Office Holder Mike DeWine is running against experienced Democrat Richard Cordray as well as a Green Party and Libertarian Party candidates.  Knowing only what you know now about these candidates, if the election were today, which one would get your vote?

Mike DeWine – 42.15%

Richard Cordray – 38.08%

Undecide – 16.92%

Green or Liberterian Candidate – 2.81%

Q-6:  What is the likelihood that you will actually vote in the Ohio General Election this fall?

I will Definitely vote in the General Election – 93.59%

It is Highly Likely I will vote in the General – 5.30%

I will Probably NOT vote in the General – 0.63%

I will NOT vote in the General – 0.48%

Q-7:  What is your political affiliation?

Republican – 40.84%

Democrat – 32.72%

Independent – 25.08%

Liberterian – 0.80%

Green – 0.66%

Q-8:  What is Gender?

Female – 54.20%

Male – 45.80%

Ohio TEA Party Leader Defends Jim Jordan

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PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Saturday, June 7, 2018

 

OHIO TEA PARTY LEADER DEFENDS JIM JORDAN

Akron, OH: Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio TEA Party affiliated We the People Convention, today defended Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan against those accusing him of not acting to stop purported sexual abuse by a homosexual doctor named Richard Strauss at Ohio State University from 1978 to 1998. Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State from 1986-1994 and five former athletes have gone on the record saying that Jordan knew about the sexual abuse 32 years ago and did not report it or stop it. Congressman Jordan has vehemently denied the allegations made against him saying that “he was never told about any sexual abuse” during his time at Ohio State and that “he would have taken action had he known about any abuse by Strauss.”  Jordan’s position is backed up by a statement from Head Wrestling Coach at that time, Russ Hellickson, who said this week, “At no time while Jim Jordan was a coach with me at Ohio State did either of us ignore abuse of our wrestlers.” The Ohio State University opened up an investigation into Strauss’s activities this April when they first came to light and hired law firm Perkins Coie which has reportedly interviewed over 150 people so far about these allegations against Strauss.

Zawistowski said, “First of all, I have known Jim Jordan for many years and I agree with President Trump’s statement on Thursday that Jim Jordan is one of most outstanding people I have met and I don’t believe these allegations at all. Second, in the nine years we have been involved in the TEA Party Movement, we have learned that there are no coincidences in politics. As soon as the NBC hit piece came out, we saw it for what it was. This is a story about greed, opportunism and useful idiots. The two main athletes accusing Jordan of knowing about the sexual abuse 32 years ago and not stopping it are both in serious financial and legal trouble, and one has a clear vendetta against OSU. They were both well aware of the $500 million financial payout being made by Michigan State to 332 female athletes who were sexually assaulted by the athletic department doctor and they saw an opportunity to get a piece of the action. Their motivation for specifically implicating Jordan, who is clearly a minor player in the full scope of this investigation, by lying about his role, is to make the story national so their potential payout will be larger. The investigation into these allegations has been going on since April of this year, but it is hardly a coincidence that the allegations against Jim Jordan ended up on the front page of NBC News just five days after Jim Jordan called out Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for illegally withholding evidence from Congress in a televised public hearing on June 28th. These athletes became the useful idiots for a smear campaign that is designed to take out someone who is threatening those in our government who have committed crimes and are worried about going to prison.” 

Zawistowski continued, “It is a fact that Perkins Coie, the law firm Ohio State hired to investigate the allegations, is also the firm that funneled Hillary Clinton campaign funds to Christopher Steele who wrote the “unverified” fake Trump dossier and paid Fusion GPS to pedal the fake document to the DOJ, FBI and CIA as legitimate intel in order to smear candidate Trump and then undermine President Trump. This illegal activity is what Jim Jordan and others in Congress are exposing with their investigations. So it is not a coincidence that five days after Jordan attacks Rosenstein for covering up this illegal activity that this hit piece comes out. It was also not a coincidence that Perkins Coi tried to legitimize the accusations against Jordan by lying about contacting Jordan and suggesting he refused a request to be interviewed. Now we see the same pattern we have seen by the left wing “media” over and over, accusation with no evidence repeated again and again trying to make people believe the lie. Well, I can tell you flat out, no one in the Ohio TEA Party movement believes this nonsense and I will bet you that Jim Jordan hasn’t lost many votes in his Congressional District because we know this man, and we know his character, and we know this is all not true.”

Zawistowski concluded by saying, “So let’s get this straight. Thirty two years ago, Jim Jordan is an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State, and a homosexual doctor who works for the athletic department has been purportedly molesting hundreds of male athletes on up to 14 different athletic teams, for eight years before Jordan arrived on campus and then for another four year after he left, and the entire focus on this investigation is on Jim Jordan? These are not children, these are Division I male college athletes who would have no problem physically stopping Dr. Strauss if they did not like what he was doing. Are we to believe that, even though they were purportedly traumatized by these actions by Dr. Strauss, that all they did is causally mention it or joke about it in locker room talk with an assistant coach? The five athletes who are accusing Congressman Jordan admit, and specifically say in one case, that “he was too embarrassed to report the abuse directly to Jordan.” They claim, though they admit that they did not tell Jordan directly, that it was “commonly known” but have no proof other than hearsay. Now if I was being molested by someone, and I reported it to an assistant coach and they did nothing, I sure would have then reported it to the Head Coach or the Athletic Director because I would know that they have the power to do something about it – but there is no evidence of that either. Then, where were their parents? Are we supposed to believe that none of those athletes would tell their parents and that the parents would not have taken action to stop their son from being molested? If they were so injured by Dr. Strauss, then why did they not speak out when Dr. Strauss committed suicide in 2005?  Why didn’t they speak up when the Jerry Sandusky case was going on at Penn State that involved the same type of activity? This just does not add up. At least at Penn State and Michigan State the perpetrator was still molesting people and needed to be stopped. That was a good reason to speak up. At OSU Strauss is long dead, so the reason to bring this up now can only be to cash in. Then the political opportunists saw their own opportunity to “cash in” as well by smearing Jim Jordan and we are just not going to buy the lie. We stand by Jim Jordan and look forward to his re-election and to him continuing to fight for equal justice under the law for all of us in the months and years ahead.”

Read the article in the Daily Caller

It is NOT Just our Independence we Celebrate Today!

When you celebrate Independence Day today, know what you are celebrating. It is NOT just winning our independence from England. It is the literal miracle of our implementing the most successful form of government ever created by man. Not just government created by the people, and run by the people, for the people, but the commitment to the Individual over the State with the Freedom and Liberty necessary to unleashed capitalism and change the world for the better!

Consider this, for over 200,000 years, there was virtual no advance in the human condition. ALL humans on earth lived in squalor. Living on between $1-3 per day in today’s dollars. For 200,000 YEARS! ALL HUMANS. The Greeks, the Egyptians, the Chinese, the Romans, the French and English – all lived barely above subsistence levels because of their form of government. Then, with our writing down the mighty words in our Declaration of Independence, and our US Constitution, and our Bill of Rights for all the world to see and share – everything changed!

At the time of the founding of America, 94.4% of the world’s population lived on less than $2 per day, by 2006 only 5% of the world’s population is living on less than $2 per day. In just 242 years of American Exceptionalism billions of people have been pulled out of poverty because of the unrivaled success of capitalism combined with Individual Freedom and Liberty and limited government which originated in the American experiment that continues today. Now THAT is worth celebrating by EVERYONE!

Happy Independence Day Indeed!

Spread the Word Today of the Miracle that IS America!

For Liberty,

Tom Zawistowski
Executive Director
Portage County TEA Party

Thoughts on Memorial Day 2018

I find myself thinking about Memorial Day this morning and I am amazed at how many people confuse it with Veterans Day or simply have no idea what Memorial Day is about.  I used to say to people “Happy Memorial Day” but it is not a happy day, it is a solemn day.  Memorial Day is the day that we remember, and morn, and appreciate those members of the American Military who have been killed in combat defending our nation and our freedom. They have paid the ultimate price for OUR freedom and OUR way of life.

Our family will be remembering a young man named Adam Hamilton who was a close high school friend of both of our children. He was killed in Afghanistan on May 28, 2011 – ironically seven years ago to the day this Memorial Day. I am humbled by his sacrifice for our nation and that of all the others killed in action in our nations history. I have his picture on my wall right in front of my desk and I look at it every day because I never want to forget his sacrifice. I often cry when I look at his picture because I miss having him in our life like so many other American’s miss their loved ones. His sacrifice is visceral to our family, it is never old or forgotten, it is as real today as the day he died. It will be that way for me until the day I die.

A few years back I started putting together a chart showing the numbers of American soldiers killed in action defending our freedom from the Revolutionary War until present day. By my count, 1,320,053 soldiers have been killed in action since the Revolutionary war. People really react strongly when I give out that large number which I update each year. I find that updating the list each Memorial Day focuses my attention on the fact that the fight for freedom never ends. Freedom is not free. It must be defended in many, many different ways, every day, as you and I know all to well, including soldiers dying in battle all to often.

Too often American’s forget that. Memorial Day is the day we remember those who have made that ultimate sacrifice.

While thankfully none of you reading this has had to give your life for our country, yet, I remember every day that each and every one of you have given so much of your lives, your time, your effort, your money to defend our nation. I thank you for that personal commitment which honors the sacrifices made by those we honor today.

While I will not wish you a Happy Memorial Day, I will wish that you enjoy the long weekend, and I know that you will remember today and everyday those who have paid the ultimate price for your and my freedom and liberty.

Tom Zawistowski
President
We the People Convention

Ohio Citizens PAC Endorsements 2018 Republican Primary

The Ohio Citizens PAC Implores ALL Conservatives to VOTE in the Republican Primary on May 8th- because this time your VOTE will ACTUALLY be worth more than ever before! Consider this, in 2016 nearly 2,000,000 people voted in the Republican Primary, this time it is looking like as few as 500,000+ people will vote in the Republican Primary in Ohio! So, by voting this time your vote will be worth 4 times as much as in 2016 ! It’s real simple, if we turn out our vote WE WIN! Get out and vote!

Here are our recommendations:

State Offices:
Governor:  Mary Taylor
Lieutenant Governor: Nathan Estruth
Treasurer:  Robert Sprague

Ohio 11th District Court of Appeals:  Matt Lynch

Ohio Senate:

Brad Lamoreaux, 7th District
Kristina Roegner, 27th District
Andrew Brenner, 19th District

Ohio House:
Scott Wiggam, 1st District
Michael Canty, 6th District
Tom Brinkman, 27th District
Mike Rasor, 37th District
Derrick Merrin, 47th District
Reggie Stoltzfus, 50th District
Candice Keller, 53rd District
Paul Zeltwanger, 54 District
John Becker, 65th District
Bill Dean, 74th District
Jim Lutz, 75th District
Ron Hood, 78th District
JD Winteregg, 80th District
Nino Vitale, 85th District
Don Jones, 95th District

State Issue 1:  Vote NO !!!

From Ohio Representative Nino Vitale:

Point 1
Issue 1 creates a situation where districts will likely be drawn every 4 years. One of the reasons we do a census every 10 years is so that we can assess the population and decide how the representation will be drawn. Under this proposal, we have no new population data, so the drawing is done, not on facts, but on the will of a few politicians. I don’t trust them to do the right thing. It has worked using real data from the census for many years. Using data is a non-partisan way to determine how the lines should be drawn.

Point 2
“Not later than September 30 of a year ending in the numeral one, the General Assembly must pass a congressional district plan in the form of a bill by the affirmative vote of 60% of the members of each house, including the affirmative vote of at least ½ of the members of the minority party in each house.”

These requirements make it nearly impossible for a proposal to pass the General Assembly. If one party suspects that the plan favors one party over another, the bill will never pass and the parties will never agree, almost guaranteeing that the plan with go to the small commission. This is the entire plan, get it in the hands of a select few that will do what the swamp politicians want. That’s not good representative government.

The Ohio Redistricting Commission, if it met tomorrow, would consist of: the Governor, Auditor, Secretary of State, one person appointed by the Speaker, one appointed by the House minority leader, one appointed by the Senate President, and one appointed by the Senate minority leader. They would make all the decisions. People fear tyranny of the majority, what about tyranny of the minority!

Currently, we have a speaker that has resigned in disgrace over an FBI investigation; we have one donor that has donated millions to chairmen and other reps in the Ohio House so she has control over everything and she may be under FBI investigation as well. We have a house minority leader that is now accused of blocking child abuse cases and abusing his power. And finally, a governor who was voted in by one party to represent our values and is now, representing the other party in much that he does. Do you really trust these people to make these decisions?

 

The Ohio Citizens PAC is a State PAC and cannot endorse Federal Candidates.  Click HERE to see a list of the Federal Candidates we are recommending in this Primary!

Ohio Citizens PAC Endorses Taylor/Estruth for Governor and Lt. Governor

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Akron, OH – Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, the main state PAC for the Ohio TEA Party Movement, announced today that the organization is endorsing the Taylor/Estruth ticket in the Ohio Governor’s race. In making the announcement Zawistowski said, “Elections have consequences and the Ohio TEA Party Movement must always act to advance our conservative agenda – which includes both fiscal and social issues. It is clear to our organization, and the majority of TEA Party/Liberty Group activists and leaders in Ohio, that the promises being publicly made by the Taylor/Estruth ticket to end Medicaid Expansion, reduce taxes and regulations, restore local control to our school districts, promote and invest in education and job training in the trades, defend our 2nd Amendment rights, protect life and religious freedom, defund Planned Parenthood, put Ohio citizens first at all times by ending special privileges for illegal immigrants – all closely fit with our agenda. It is our sincere hope that, if elected, Taylor and Estruth will follow President Trump’s example and keep their promises to those who voted to elect them. Therefore our organization, with this endorsement, encourages all conservatives in Ohio to turn out for the Republican Primary on May 8th and vote to elect Mary Taylor for Governor and Nathan Estruth for Lieutenant Governor as the Republican candidates in the general election.”

Zawistowski concluded by saying, “This endorsement is being made primarily based upon the preferences of our activists and leaders around the state. While many are profoundly disappointed in the results of the primary process, where the number of choices for Governor were reduced from four to two, given the limited choices available, our people have broken heavily toward Taylor/Estruth as their best option. As a leader in the Ohio TEA Party Movement I listen to the thoughts, concerns and wishes or our activists and leaders and therefore support the consensus that has clearly developed in this race. Let me also say that, despite the disagreement that we had with the Taylor/Estruth campaign earlier in the primary, there are no hard feelings about what was said or mistakes that were made. That being said, the Ohio Citizens PAC has not asked for anything from the Taylor/Estruth campaign in return for our endorsement. Our endorsement is instead based upon promises that they have explicitly made to other members of our coalition, whom we support, and the expectation that those promises will be kept in part because of our additional support. It is our sincere hope that our support, even at this late date, will make a difference that results in Taylor/Estruth winning this Primary.”

What you NEED to Know about the Ohio Speaker Fight

Are you following the fight for Ohio House Speaker between Ryan Smith and Larry Householder?

Ryan Smith is backed by John Kasich, current Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and mega “RINO” funder Ginni Ragan

Larry Householder, previously was Speaker from 2001-2004, and he is backed by $220,000 in UNION PAC Money!

Neither Smith nor Householder are for “Right to Work” so who is representing the Republican Party and Republican Voters in this fight? NO ONE!

Please read this very informative piece from BallotPedia which lays out how these two groups are funding the House Candidates in YOUR DISTRICT in an effort to lock in their votes for Ohio Speaker of the House!

Then Donate to help the Ohio Citizens PAC elect Republican State Central Committee Members!

Ohio Citizens PAC Endorses Matt Lynch of Judge

Akron, OH – Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio TEA Party organization, the Ohio Citizens PAC, today announced it’s endorsement of Matt Lynch for Judge in the 11th District Court of Appeals. The Ohio Citizens

PAC is the official Ohio State PAC of the Ohio TEA Party Movement, which is dedicated to helping to elect conservative, liberty minded  “Citizen Representatives” to public and party offices. We believe in Constitutionally limited representative government; lower taxes; minimum government regulation; capitalism; and fair and free markets – in order to protect individual freedom and liberty and create prosperity for all citizens. The 11th District Court of Appeals covers a five county area including Lake, Geauga, Portage, Trumbull and Ashtabula counties.

 

In making the announcement Zawistowski said, “The Ohio Citizen’s PAC is confident that Matt Lynch believes as we believe and shares our values, principles and goals for our state. We believe that, as a Judge, Matt Lynch will enforce the law as written in a strict constitutional manner and that he will remain faithful to the Ohio and US Constitutions at all times. Matt Lynch has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer representing clients in nearly every court contained in the 11th District and is extremely well qualified to fill this important position. Therefore, we encourage, without hesitation, all Republicans in Lake, Geauga, Portage, Trumbull and Ashtabula counties to vote for Matt Lynch for Judge in the 11th District Court of Appeals in the Primary on May 8th or by absentee ballot! Citizens can learn more about our organization at www.OhioCitizensPAC.org.”

Ohio Citizens PAC Endorses Sprague for Treasurer

Akron, OH – Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio TEA Party organization, the Ohio Citizens PAC, today announced it’s endorsement of Robert Sprague for Ohio Treasurer. The Ohio Citizens PAC is the official Ohio State PAC of the Ohio TEA Party Movement, which is dedicated to helping to elect conservative, liberty minded  “Citizen Representatives” to public and party offices. We believe in Constitutionally limited representative government; lower taxes; minimum government regulation; capitalism; and fair and free markets – in order to protect individual freedom and liberty and create prosperity for all citizens.

In making the announcement Zawistowski said, “The Ohio Citizen’s PAC is confident that Robert Sprague believes as we believe and shares our values, principles and goals for our state. We believe that Robert Sprague will preserve the innovative and standard setting OhioCheckbook.com program and add to that program using artificial intelligence and data mining techniques to identify fraud, abuse and simple over-payment for services in municipalities throughout Ohio. In our opinion, based on his education and business experience, Robert Sprague may be the most qualified elected official we have ever endorsed to perform the tasks required for the job for which he is running – Ohio Treasurer! Therefore, we encourage, without hesitation, all Republicans in Ohio to vote for Robert Sprague for Ohio Treasurer in the Primary on May 8th or by absentee ballot! Citizens can learn more about our organization at www.OhioCitizensPAC.org.”

Zawistowski concluded by saying, “We take these endorsements very seriously and work hard to vet the candidates. Our recent polls show that 55% of Republican primary voters trust the endorsement of the Ohio TEA Party Movement more than that of the Ohio Republican Party. We will not be endorsing in the Ohio Governor race or any other state office races for this primary.”

Sessions Finally Acts! Fires FBI’s McCabe

Sessions Fires FBI Official McCabe Two Days Before He Was to Retire

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s former deputy director, Andrew McCabe — a favorite target for President Donald Trump and Republicans — on Friday night, two days before he was to retire.

Sessions made the politically explosive decision after the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility recommended that McCabe be dismissed for not being forthcoming about authorizing discussions with a reporter about a pending investigation.

“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.

Sessions also said: “The FBI expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and accountability.”

McCabe, a 22-year veteran of the bureau, already had stepped down from the No. 2 position and went on leave in January. He planned to retire officially this Sunday, when he turns 50 and would become eligible for his government pension. So the question was whether Sessions would fire him before he retired.

Sessions averted what probably would have been an intense backlash from Trump, who has used his Twitter account to criticize Sessions as well as McCabe. In December, Trump said in a tweet: “FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!”

Pension Question

McCabe’s firing may put his pension in jeopardy, either reducing or eliminating it.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s professional responsibility office found that McCabe misled Justice Department officials about his role in letting bureau officials talk to a reporter about the FBI’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation in October 2016, according to a person familiar with the matter.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attacked McCabe on Thursday, a day when he was meeting with Justice Department officials to appeal his case.

‘Bad Actor’

“We do think it is well-documented that he has had some very troubling behavior and by most accounts a bad actor and should have some cause for concern,” Sanders said in a briefing for reporters.

Trump and Republicans railed against McCabe for his role in the FBI’s decision against charging Democrat Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information in her use of private email when she was secretary of State.

They also questioned McCabe’s involvement in the FBI’s continuing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether anyone around Trump helped in the meddling. The probe is now being run by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

McCabe became a Republican target partly because he helped oversee the Clinton email investigation in 2016 even though his wife had accepted donations from Democratic political organizations for an unsuccessful campaign for the Virginia state Senate the previous year.

McCabe joined the FBI in 1996 and held management positions in the counterterrorism division and the Washington field office. He became the FBI’s acting director after Trump fired James Comey in May, serving in that role until Aug. 2 when Christopher Wray took charge.

The Justice Department’s inspector general also has investigated decisions made in the department and FBI before the 2016 election, including events and actions involving McCabe, and plans to release its findings in the coming weeks.