There aren’t very many Americans that feel confident that Special Counselor Robert Mueller can turn in an “even-handed” report by the time he concludes his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to a new poll by the Washington Post and ABC News.
Mueller has been investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election. As part of that investigation, Mueller’s team has been analyzing President Trump’s 2016 campaign team to see if there are any connections between the Kremlin and the president’s election.
So far, Mueller hasn’t turned up any strong ties to the president. He has indicted or convicted a few of the president’s acquaintances, including long-time attorney Michael Cohen, campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and Trump supporter Roger Stone. Because these alleged crimes are unrelated to Russian meddling, the president has referred to these convictions or pending cases (in the case of Stone) as a “witch hunt.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2019
According to the Washington Post/ABC News poll, most Americans approve of the investigation into Russian meddling in 2016, but they don’t believe that Mueller’s team will give the president a fair shake.
The poll results showed that 57 percent of Americans approved of Congress looking into ties between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign team. Sixty-one percent of Americans would approve an investigation into President Trump’s financial ties to other countries. And, 59 percent of Americans approve of digging further into the relationship between Trump and Putin.
Americans want to know as much as possible about Russian interference in the 2016 election, but the polls show that they don’t have faith in Mueller’s team.
The polls highlighted that only 24 percent of Americans have a “great deal” of confidence in Mueller’s ability to produce a “fair” report on President Trump. Twenty-eight percent of Americans have “some” confidence in Mueller to produce a fair report and 22 percent have “none at all.”
It looks like President Trump’s claim that the investigation is nothing more than a “witch hunt” is starting to soak in for some Americans.
As IJR previously reported, Mueller’s investigation has been ongoing for the past two years at the cost of $25 million for the U.S. taxpayer.