Poll: Nearly half think officials ‘likely’ broke law to stop Trump

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More Republicans than Democrats think it likely that federal law enforcement officials broke the law in an effort to prevent Donald Trump from winning the presidency.

A new Rasmussen survey reveals that 63 percent of likely Republican voters “consider it likely that senior federal law enforcement officials broke the law in an effort to prevent (Donald) Trump from winning the presidency, with 48% who say it’s Very Likely.”

Rasmussen’s survey results show that among all likely voters, 48 percent think it is “likely” that senior federal law enforcement officials broke the law. That’s down two percent from when Rasmussen first asked the same question two years ago.

By no surprise, only 39 percent of Democrats think that’s the case, and 42 percent of independents “agree that criminal wrongdoing is likely.”

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Public opinion is almost evenly divided on whether former FBI Director James Comey should be criminally prosecuted. Thirty-nine percent want him prosecuted while 40 percent disagree, Rasmussen said. The breakdown is partisan, with 54 percent of Republicans wanting Comey prosecuted while only 31 percent of Democrats and 32 percent of independents favor prosecution.

The survey results were published 24 hours before the U.S. Supreme Court granted a Justice Department request to block enforcement of an order to release grand jury documents from the Robert Mueller investigation into Russian election interference.

And Congressman Adam Schiff “is reportedly in ‘panic mode’ as House transcripts appear to contradict claims on collusion evidence in the Russia probe,” according to Yahoo News.

The Rasmussen report comes on the heels of a dramatic announcement from the Justice Department that charges against former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn, who was prosecuted for lying during an interview in 2017 regarding conversations he had with the Russian ambassador, reported by Fox News.

The cable news channel is separately reporting that Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz believes the Justice Department did “exactly the right thing” because no crime was committed.

Meanwhile, the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday, May 8 showed 49 percent of likely voters approve of Donald Trump’s job performance, while an equal number (49%) disagree. This continues to reflect the divide in the U.S. among voters with the November election less than six months away.

What could have a significant impact on that survey will be how fast the economy recovers as the country opens back up following a two-month “stay home” effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. One top official with J.P. Morgan had the dire prediction it will take a decade or longer for the country to return to pre-virus employment levels, which were the lowest in many years under Trump. In the month following the COVID-19 pandemic panic shutdown, more than 20 million jobs were lost, seriously damaging the economy.


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