Robert Mueller’s more than six hours of testimony Wednesday did little to change anyone’s mind on whether they support the impeachment of Donald Trump.
In an ABC News/Ipsos poll taken in the two days following the Capitol Hill hearings, 47 per cent of the 71 per cent of respondents that read or saw something about Mueller’s testimony said the testimony from the former special council didn’t change their opinion on whether Congress should begin impeachment proceedings.
Those whose minds were changed was pretty even – 27 per cent said hearing from Mueller made them more likely to support impeachment and 26 per cent said it made them feel the opposite.
Mueller appeared before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees Wednesday for two separate hearings on his Russia investigation and the corresponding 448-page report.
A plurality of Americans said Robert Mueller’s testimony Wednesday did not change their opinion on whether or not Donald Trump should be impeached
Almost half said their opinion did not change after six hours of Capitol Hill testimony, but 27 per cent said they were more likely to support impeachment and 26 per cent said they were less likely to support the measure
No Senate hearings were held in the Reoublican-controled chamber.
The former special counsel stepped down from the Justice Department May 29 and made public remarks pleading his report be taken as his final word on the Russia probe. He also claimed any other statements he made on the investigation would be within the constraints of what was included in the report.
When faced with the reality of a subpoena, Mueller agreed to five hours of public testimony – which ended up going more than an hour over the allotted time frame.
When split up among party lines, 48 per cent of Democrats said they are more likely to support impeachment after the hearings and only 3 per cent of Republicans said they felt the same.
Eight per cent of Democrats said they are less likely to support impeachment after Mueller, a Republican testifying as a private citizen, appeared, and 44 per cent of Republicans said they are less likely to support the measure.
Mueller spoke for more than three hours before the House Judiciary Committee and more than two hours before the House Intelligence Committee regarding the Russia investigation and the resulting 448-page report
Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said the public testimony was necessary because it would help American people to hear directly from Mueller why he did not indict Trump
A day before the hearings took place, a poll showed that more than one third of voters didn’t think any new information would come out of the testimony
In a separate poll taken and released a day before the hearings, a whopping 65 per cent of registered voters said they didn’t feel as though Mueller’s testimony would reveal any new information.
This seemed to be true, as Mueller’s remarks where sharp and tight-lipped. He many times gave one word responses like yes,’ ‘no’ and ‘true.’ He would often say he couldn’t comment on something because it fell outside the purview of the report.
Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said it was important for Mueller to publicly testify even if no new information came forward so the American people could hear him contradict the president and Attorney General Bill Barr.
Barr said the report fully exonerated the president from all crimes, a statement Mueller opposed in his hearing where he said the report just states there was not sufficient evidence to charge the president with a crime.