Poll: Voters trust Comey over Trump; Clinton email bombshell

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before Congress. (Source: YouTube, ABC News)

A new Rasmussen poll shows that 45 percent of all likely U.S. voters trust former FBI Director James Comey more than President Donald Trump, but there is a sharp party line split on this.

The survey results were released as Comey testified on Capitol Hill, dropping several bombshell observations including that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch “asked him to call the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal a ‘matter’ and not an ‘investigation.’”

Comey, who was fired by Trump several weeks ago, also told the Senate panel that he was not comfortable after Lynch met with former President Bill Clinton at an Arizona airport last year, according to circa.com. He was concerned that the independence of the email scandal had been jeopardized. This led to his public announcement about the Clinton email probe.

As she has traveled around the country on what some critics have called a “blame tour,” Hillary Clinton has partly blamed Comey’s disclosure with her loss in November.

Most of the mainstream media is focusing on other Comey revelations, however, except for Fox News, which is focused on the Clinton server probe and Comey’s memo leak to the New York Times. That leak was aimed at prompting the appointment of a special counsel.

Some reports are also dwelling on Comey’s explanation about keeping notes of his conversation with Trump because, “I was honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting and I thought it important to document.”

Circa.com noted that when Comey appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, he said there were “a number of things had gone on which I can’t talk about yet, that made me worry that the department leadership could not credibly complete the investigation and decline prosecution without grievous damage to the American people’s confidence in the justice system.”

Shortly after the Arizona tarmac meet, Lynch said the conversation between her and Bill Clinton mainly consisted of small talk about traveling, golf and grandchildren.

The Rasmussen Reports survey, meanwhile, shows that “a sizable majority of Democrats have more confidence in Comey than in the man who actually beat her. Republicans strongly disagree.”

The poll says 70 percent of Democrats trust Comey more than Trump, while 65 percent of Republicans trust the president more. Among independents, 42 percent trust Comey more while 33 percent favor Trump.

When it comes to Trump and Congress, 41 percent have more confidence in the president while 43 percent tend have more faith in Congress, according to Rasmussen.

The survey was conducted June 6-7 among 1,000 likely voters. It has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

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