Special Counsel Robert Mueller turned up the heat on the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 Presidential election when news broke that a grand jury had been impaneled and subpoenas were issued in the probe. This stems from the now infamous Donald Trump Jr. meeting with a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, at Trump Tower in 2016. On August 2nd, 2017, The Center for American Progress (CAP), a left-leaning organization formerly run by the chairman of the Hillary Clinton campaign, John Podesta, released a report titled “Russiagate: The Depth of Collusion” making the case that the Trump Campaign and Russian nationals connected to the Kremlin colluded to elect Donald Trump. Conversely, on Thursday night, at a rally in Huntington, West Virginia, President Trump slammed claims such as the one made by CAP while reiterating that he believes the Democrats have “no message, no agenda, and no vision” and are trying to cheat American voters out of the future they voted for by manufacturing the Russia collusion story.
Delphi Analytica conducted a national online poll of 1003 individuals, with a ± 3% margin of error, to see if Americans thought collusion occurred between the Trump Campaign and the Kremlin, in light of Donald Trump Jr.’s e-mail release on July 10th, 2017. 46% of respondents believed the e-mails might be evidence of collusion while 19% said they were not.
The majority of individuals under 45 years of age believed Donald Trump Jr’s emails were incriminating while respondents 45 years and older were more likely to think it was time to move on from the Russia investigation.
One way for the Trump Administration to combat the probe would be to fire Special Counsel Mueller. This would involve removing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recused himself from the investigation, and replacing him with someone who would terminate Mueller. That political firestorm would surely surpass that of the recent Comey firing and potentially sink any capital left to implement President Trump’s agenda. Despite that, two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are trying to preempt this outcome by introducing legislation that would allow Special Counsel Mueller to challenge his potential firing in court. It appears the Russia collusion story will not going away anytime soon.
Raw data can be downloaded here.