VOTERS DOUBT MUELLER CAN ‘TRAP’ TRUMP
For those who are keeping count, the proverbial “Mueller investigation” began on May 17, 2017 when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, “the No. 2 Justice Department official, appoints former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia,” this according to a helpful Reuters timeline of the big doings. If we do all the math, that means that on Dec. 17, the investigation will have gone on for 19 months.
The investigation has mesmerized journalists who have produced hundreds of stories. Major news organizations have made the investigation a whole sub-genre, bolstering the topic with advisories, explainers, alerts, fluctuating polls, videos and op-eds — even as critics like talk radio kingpin Rush Limbaugh have insisted from the beginning that the investigation has yielded “nothing.” Protestors who back the probe have taken to the streets waving signs with the motto “Save Mueller.”
Others mull the cost. President Trump recently has suggested that the investigation itself has cost $40 million; a speculative estimate by the non-partisan factchecker Polti-fact based on available figures put the cost at “$27 million or so.” Americans, meanwhile, appear to be unconvinced. “Hope breeds eternal in the hearts of Democrats, but other voters see little chance of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation trapping President Trump,” notes a new survey from Rasmussen reports.
It found that 50 percent of all likely U.S. voters believe that charges against Mr. Trump are “unlikely,” including 26 percent who say the se charges are at all likely. Still, 42 percent also believe that Mr. Mueller’s probe could lead to criminal charges against the president, with 22 percent who say that possibility is “very likely.”
The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted Dec. 2-3.