80% of Republicans believe Trump’s FBI crackdown is part of a “witch hunt,” but a majority of all voters believe it was justified, new polls show
- A slim majority of 52 percent agree the raid was “part of a legal and proper investigation” in the new Wall Street Journal poll
- 41 percent said it was “just another example of the never-ending witch hunt.”
A slim majority of Americans believe the FBI acted in good faith when it searched former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home and uncovered hundreds of classified documents.
But a significant number of people see it as part of the “witch hunt” that Trump has railed against since the Russia probe. And a large majority of Republicans accept the President’s defense.
The Wall Street Journal’s new poll comes after an explosive Justice Department filing in which government attorneys detailed the trove of top-secret materials agents obtained after a year of efforts, and despite a Trump attorney signing a letter stating a “diligent search” for government documents was confirmed.
Many legal experts are now saying Trump could be charged with removing and storing national security material.
A majority of Americans say the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago was part of a proper investigation, in a new poll
There are sharp differences of opinion between the parties in the poll on the August 8 raid on the President’s private club in West Palm Beach.
A narrow majority of 52 percent agree the search “was part of a lawful and proper investigation to determine whether former President Trump engaged in any wrongdoing” – essentially an ordinary law enforcement measure.
But 41 percent, when presented with the two divergent statements, said it was “just another example of the endless witch hunt and harassment that the Democrats and the Biden administration continue to pursue against former President Trump.”
40 percent of Americans say FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago is part of ‘witch hunt’
That’s very much in line with the defense Trump is pushing — even as he appears to be admitting at least part of what the government is trying to prove: that he had government documents at his club more than a year after leaving office.
Trump has repeatedly come after the FBI since the search and said the FBI was after him.
On Thursday, he was furious over an image of top-secret documents FBI agents collected for a photo prosecutors released in response to his own court filing seeking a special master to clarify his claims for executive privileges.
“A lot of people think when you walk into my office that I have confidential documents or whatever – all declassified – but I had confidential documents scattered all over my floor. Like a slob,” Trump said Thursday morning the John Fredericks Radio Show.
“Like I would sit there all day reading these documents or someone else would.”
Trump called the DOJ’s move “dishonest” because investigators “Put them there in a messy way, and then they took a picture and released it to the public.”
One of Trump’s attorneys, Alina Habba, said on Sean Hannity’s Fox program Wednesday night that Trump’s office is not messy — even as she revealed the president houses people in the room where agents “frequently” found government documents.
“As you know, I know it firsthand, I’m down there a lot,” she said to Hannity. “I’ve never seen that before. I’ve never seen that before. His office doesn’t look like this. Anyone who knows President Trump’s office — he frequents guests there — it’s, uh, just kidding.”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11169489/80-Republicans-believe-Trumps-FBI-raid-witch-hunt.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 80% of Republicans believe Trump’s FBI crackdown is part of a “witch hunt.”