Ahead of Mueller testimony, majority of students support FURTHER investigation of Trump
A new survey shows that an overwhelming majority of college students think that President Donald Trump should be investigated for obstruction of justice during former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
The findings were released on Monday, just two days before Mueller is set to testify before Congress.
The College Pulse survey, which sampled 1,501 undergraduate American students, found that nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of students also "completely" or "somewhat" agreed that “Democrats in Congress should investigate whether President Trump obstructed justice during Mueller’s investigation.”
That's more than 20 percent higher than the fraction of Americans overall who say that Trump obstructed justice during the Mueller investigation. A Hill/HarrisX survey conducted among 2,004 registered voters found that 53 percent said Mueller's report shows evidence that Trump obstructed justice.
Prominent Democrats have called for more investigations and even impeachment over alleged obstruction of justice.
Despite Mueller’s report leaving the question of whether Trump obstructed justice to Trump's attorney general, William Barr, who then concluded that there was not sufficient evidence to support such a charge, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Sunday that there is "very substantial evidence that the president is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors."
However, the majority of students surveyed disagreed. Seventy-seven percent said Mueller’s investigation was fair, according to the survey.
"Charging the president with a crime was, therefore, not an option we could consider,” Mueller said during a press conference regarding a Department of Justice policy that prevented the sitting president from being prosecuted for a federal crime. "That is unconstitutional."
The survey also found that about roughly 77 percent of participants believed that Trump had “improper conduct” with Russia. 64 percent of students are worried that Russia will interfere with the 2020 presidential election, when Trump will be running for a second term, and only 12 percent of students believed that Russia did not interfere in the American electoral system.
College Pulse also asked about democracy, with only about 46 percent of students feeling satisfied with American democracy. Only six percent of students were “very satisfied” with American democracy.
Mueller is set to testify Wednesday in front of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee.
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