A surprisingly large chunk of Democrats want to see Hillary Clinton investigate her possible role in manufacturing dirt to try to tie Donald Trump to the Kremlin, according to a new poll.
The survey, conducted by the TechnoMetrica Institute of Policy and Politics in New Jersey last month, questioned 1,308 Americans about Special Counsel John Durham’s burgeoning probe into the FBI’s ties probe. Trump’s alleged contacts with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Nearly three in four respondents who follow the story said they thought it was important for prosecutors to investigate Clinton for her role in the Russiagate scandal with her top campaign advisers.
That includes two-thirds — or 66% — of polled Democrats who said they had followed the case.
That’s a 20-point increase from last October, when TIPP posed the same question to a national panel, and indicates that Durham’s investigation could transform Democratic opinion on Clinton and the controversy.
Meanwhile, 91% of Republicans in the same group and 65% of Independents also called for a specific investigation of Clinton.
Durham has previously accused Clinton campaign contractor Igor Danchenko of allegedly lying about the sourcing behind the so-called debunked Steele dossier he helped compile, which attempted to present Trump as an agent of the Kremlin.
Danchenko, a former Brookings Institution analyst, completely made up the source of the case’s most explosive allegations, according to the indictment. Turns out he also allegedly used a Clinton campaign adviser as another key source for other dirt he collected. Danchenko was arrested in October and pleaded not guilty.
Michael Sussmann, the former legal partner of Clinton campaign general counsel Mark Elias, was indicted in September for allegedly lying about his work for the Clinton campaign over a scheme linking Trump to a Russian bank. Sussmann pleaded not guilty.
As part of the investigation involving Sussmann, Durham said in a legal filing on Friday that he found that Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign paid a web company to “infiltrate” servers at the Trump Towers and the White House. to try to link Trump to Russia.
Meanwhile, the new poll found that Americans also want a closer look at the Biden family.
More than two-thirds, or 68%, of those polled said they thought it was important that the president’s son Hunter Biden and his brother Jimmy Biden be isolated from any business involving the administration. That includes communicating with the president and his aides about policy proposals or taking up any government jobs or contracts, the majority told pollsters.
An equal share of Democrats and Republicans — 71% — agreed those close to the president should be kept at arm’s length, the poll found.
Last year, Hunter revealed he was under federal investigation for possible tax evasion. He insisted he had handled his “lawful and proper affairs” and had no intention of entering into a plea deal.
It was recently revealed that Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, a Trump appointee, issued subpoenas for banking records involving Hunter, his uncle Jimmy and former business associates Devon Archer and Eric Schwerin.
The same poll found that 46% of Americans believe the mainstream media has done a fair to poor job covering Biden and his family’s alleged influence peddling and other acts of corruption.
A majority of Republicans, 69%, and independents, 54%, give low marks to the media. In contrast, 53% of Democrats think the media is doing a good job covering Biden’s corruption allegations.
Among other key findings: 76% of Americans want Attorney General Merrick Garland’s lawyer, Maggie Goodlander, to recuse herself from the Durham investigation due to a potential personal conflict posed by her husband, the national security adviser of the White House, Jake Sullivan, who is named in Sussmann’s indictment. .
Eight to two percent of Republicans and 79 percent of Democrats agree.
“They understand that she cannot be involved in matters related to the investigation since her husband was active in Hillary Clinton’s campaign,” said TIPP’s Raghavan Mayur.