Americans Reject Idea That President Trump Acted Illegally With Russia
The Top editor at Gallup polling says Americans have now largely “dismissed” the idea that President Donald Trump criminally colluded with Russia in the 2016 election.
In an interview Tuesday, Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport explained Americans see a difference between criminality and doing something wrong.
“A lot of Americans have kind of dismissed the idea that he [Trump] colluded to the extent that he did something illegal,” Newport told Hill.TV’s Joe Concha on “What America’s Thinking.”
“A lot more Americans would say he did something wrong, but it wasn’t illegal.”
A Gallup poll released last week found that 29% of respondents believe Trump acted illegally concerning Russian involvement in the campaign, while 28% said Trump acted unethically but did nothing illegal, and 35 percent said he didn’t do anything seriously wrong.
The President has railed at special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian meddling, repeatedly denying there is any evidence of his collusion with Moscow.
The Mueller investigation has produced indictments, guilty pleas or convictions from Russian nationals and former Trump campaign officials — including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.
And Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen told a court last month he violated campaign finance laws “in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office,” referring to the president.
President Donald Trump’s legal team is putting together a “counter-report” in an effort to undermine the credibility of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani told reporters that part of the report would examine if the “initiation of the investigation was . . . legitimate or not.
Mr. Giuliani said the “counter-report” has been in the works since late July, and President Trump “knows it is part of our [legal] strategy, and he’s happy with it.”
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