President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign funding and other charges. Deputy US Attorney Robert Khuzami told reporters that Cohen thought "he was above the law."
WASHINGTON – Donald Trump's former solicitor on fines and other charges raises serious questions about the president's conduct, as a majority of Americans in a US state TODAY / Suffolk University says
Almost two-thirds say The President should agree to be interviewed by Special Adviser Robert Mueller.
Respondents express much greater confidence in Muller's righteousness than in Trump's denials that his campaign with Russia collided with the 2016 election. The survey of 1,000 registered voters took place Thursday through Tuesday after former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen himself pleaded guilty to violating the campaign law and other allegations, and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had been convicted of tax evasion and financial crimes
The findings underscore the dangers to the president as the special adviser is largely behind in an investigation locked doors was carried to one who plays in the courtroom moved.
"It is absurd that Trump continues to write tweets that question Mueller's integrity," says Richard Dean, 71, a political independent. The retired engineer from Gadsden, Alabama, was among those named in the survey.
"From what I read, they proved that there were Russian interference, hacking and hacking attempts and why Trump will not admit it. That's ridiculous," says Dean. "I suppose, and I think they will prove that there was a secret agreement."
President Donald Trump has shown his contempt for Special Adviser Robert Mueller in investigating interference in Russian elections. [Photo: AFP / Getty Images]
Fifty-five percent say they have much or some faith in Müller's investigation to be fair and accurate. Thirty-five percent say they have a lot of confidence in Trump's arrangements. The telephone survey has an error rate of +/- 3 percentage points.
Mueller, a longtime Republican who led the FBI under the presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, was appointed head of the Russia investigation by the Ministry of Justice in May 2017 after Trump fired FBI director James Comey. Trump has denied the wrongdoing and described the investigation as a "witch hunt".
Approval Grading Slip, but not with party loyalists
Presidential approval fell to 40 percent, 3 points lower than June's US TODAY / Suffolk poll. He retains the approval of 89 percent of Republicans and Republicans. Fifty-six percent in total disapprove of the work he does as President.
Gregory Bailey, 58, dispatcher and driver for a car spare parts company in Oklahoma City, is one of the republican believers, calling Mueller "corrupt" and his investigation "a farce." He repeats some of the Trump's arguments against the investigation on Twitter has made. Mueller "only hired Democrats for the investigation," Bailey says. "It does not take a year and a half to find out anything about Russian collusion, and collusion is not even a crime."
Most Americans are willing to be patient: 55 percent say that the special adviser should take the whole time to finish the investigation, even if it goes on until next year; 40 percent say he should complete it within weeks, as the Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has argued.
With 63 percent to 27 percent, respondents say Trump should agree to an interview with Mueller. That includes nearly a third of Republicans.
Nation splits for impeachment
The nation is split over whether the House of Representatives should consider indicting the president based on what voters know: 44 percent say yes, 47 percent
"The man stood up around the world and told the Russian government, Putin, to check out Hillary Clinton's e-mail, "says Bonni Davis, 61, a lawyer from New York City is a Democrat. At a press conference on July 27, 2016 Trump encouraged "Russia if you listen" to try to find missing Clinton emails; An indictment issued by the Special Adviser last month reported that Russian officials were targeting Clinton-related e-mail accounts "in or around" the same day.
According to Davis, there is enough evidence for the Congress. "That was more than shameful," she says. "The fact that Russia intervened is beyond dispute, and the fact that Trump supported Putin is out of the question, and that's not appropriate behavior for a president." She calls his actions "a threat to our democracy."
Carol Schmock, 63, a Republican and retired customer service representative from Auberry, California, sees more misconduct by former President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Clinton than Trump's repeated allegation.
"He did not do anything worth indictment," she says. "He is actually a very good president." It responds to its initiatives in the fields of immigration, North Korea and veterans affairs. "It's as if he's magical in a way."
There is a predictable sharp division of partisans on the question of impeachment. However, 9% of Republicans say that Parliament should consider ousting the president, and 18% of Democrats say that should not. Among the independents, 47% support the impeachment; 40% oppose
Some are waiting.
"Mueller must stop his investigation, and whatever he finds, the public should be made aware of it and then make the decision," says Keith Walker, 59, a political independent and retired educator from Dover, Delaware.
"For me, it would actually show that he committed a crime, especially in the Russian part," says Melinda Strain, 50, a Democrat from Harrisburg, Missouri. "Morally, I think he did a lot of things that are wrong, but they are not necessarily illegal."
What about the swamp?
Less than one in four, 23 percent, says Trump about his campaign pledge to "drain" the swamp in Washington. A 57 percent majority, including almost one in five Republicans, says "the swamp" has deteriorated during his tenure.
The Manafort and Cohen cases reinforce the dyspeptic view of some on the ethics of Washington in general and the President in particular
"It is solid proof of the person he is and the people with whom he is surround yourself, "says Benjamin Jones, 21, an independent retailer based in Queens, New York. "This is a real proof that he is scandalous."
The turbulence over the Russia investigation could help to explain a different attitude of Americans to the state of the nation. While nearly six out of ten respondents say the economy is recovering, only a third say the country is on track.
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