American voters are split on whether President Donald Trump committed crimes while in office, but 55 per cent feel Special Council Robert Mueller’s report did not clear the president of wrongdoing.
According to a Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday, 45 per cent of Americans feel Trump did commit crimes while in office and 45 per cent do not think he committed a crime while serving in the White House.
However, 57 per cent of the 1,214 voters polled say he likely committed crimes before becoming president.
Mueller concluded his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections in March and turned over a 448-page report to Attorney General Bill Barr – who then released a four-page recap of the report.
Fifty-five per cent of American voters believe Special Council Robert Mueller did not clear Trump of crimes, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll
Even though voters are pretty split on whether Trump committed a crime while in office, 61 per cent say Congress should not begin impeachment proceedings agains the president
Special Council Robert Mueller said from the DOJ podium last month that there is a long standing department policy to not charging a sitting president with a federal crime
Barr’s summary said the report cleared the president of any crimes, including collusion and obstruction of justice. Trump touted the report as a complete exoneration.
In mid-April, a redacted version of the report was turned over to Congress and made public. Ten per cent was blacked out.
The report found Trump had not conspired with the Russian government in order to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential elections. It was inconclusive on whether Trump obstructed justice throughout the probe, including trying to get Mueller fired.
Democrats claim 10 ‘episodes’ Mueller outlined of potential obstruction were enough to bring about impeachment proceedings against the president. More than 50 Democratic lawmakers have called for impeachment since the report was released.
Mueller spoke publicly from the Justice Department last month and said he did not charge Trump with a crime because it goes against long standing DOJ protocol to not charge a sitting president with a federal crime.
This, Democrats say, was a sign from the former special counsel that it was the job of Congress to charge the president and begin impeachment proceedings.
Sixty-nine per cent of those polled say sitting presidents should be subject to facing criminal charges, while 29 per cent say they should be charged with the alleged crimes after leaving office.
House Speaker Nancy Pelsoi, who tells her colleagues not to jump the gun on impeachment, said this week, ‘I don’t want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison.’
More than half of American voters surveyed in the poll June 6-10 say Trump has not been cleared by Mueller – but even more don’t think Democrats should move to impeach the president.
Overall, 61 per cent of respondents in the poll say Congress should not begin the impeachment process. Almost every demographic is not in favor of impeachment – except for Democrats who favor it 62-32 per cent and black voters 63-31 per cent.
This week, reports emerged that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told colleagues in Congress a reason why she has not sided with those in her caucus who want to begin the impeachment process.
‘I don’t want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison,’ Pelosi said.
Democratic Senator and 2020 primary candidate Kamala Harris said this week that if she were to become president, her DOJ would have ‘no choice’ but to prosecute Trump.