Latest Poll Proves Devastating for Trump - but Also for American Democracy

Monday, 29 Apr, 2019

The report said Congress could address whether the president violated the law.

The report from special counsel Robert Mueller, which was released last week, depicted McGahn as a key figure who could have witnessed obstruction of justice by Trump. 58 percent of people in the poll say the Mueller report doesn't change their opinion of the Trump administration--only 23 percent say it makes them look more negatively at the White House and 11 percent say more positively.

"This is all about delaying things". The president said his administration gave "1.4 million" documents as part of the probe.

Separately, the White House is fighting a subpoena for the former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before the House Judiciary Committee over allegations that Trump obstructed justice during the Mueller probe, that turned up no evidence of collusion and left it to Congress to decide whether Trump impeded the course of the investigation.

Isn't it fantastic that the people who were closest to me, by far, and knew the Campaign better than anyone, were never even called to testify before Mueller.

"So, if I'm guilty of anything, it's that I've been a great president and the Democrats don't like it, which is a shame", he said.

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., March 28, 2019.

The privilege to withhold documents and prohibit aides from testifying rests on the proposition that the president has an nearly unparalleled need to protect the confidentiality of candid advice that goes into presidential judgments.

The report also revealed that when the media reported on the president's request for McGahn to have Mueller removed, the president directed White House officials "to tell McGahn to dispute the story and create a record stating he had not been ordered to have the special counsel removed".

That reflects a shift in legal tactics for Trump's lawyers. "If Mueller wants to testify, he will testify".

But Trump has increasingly accused Democrats of conducting the Russian Federation investigation for purely political purposes ahead of the 2020 election.

They even think Russia's past attack on the 2016 election is proof that 2020 is threatened. Trump said earlier this week he opposes such testimony and will fight any subpoenas issued by House Democrats, setting up a lengthy legal clash and a standoff between the executive and legislative branches. Overall, 49 percent say it did not rise to that level while 42 percent say the Russian role undermined the election's legitimacy.

"The day Richard Nixon failed to answer that subpoena is the day he was subject to impeachment because he took the power from Congress over the impeachment process away from Congress, and he became the judge and jury", Graham said two decades ago. In 1993, the nation's top court ruled 9-0 in a case involving an impeached USA judge that the judiciary has no role in the impeachment process.