Sunday, July 30, 2017
Public Would Not Support The Firing Of Robert Mueller
Attorney General Sessions has recused himself from the investigation being done by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. That means he could not properly fire Mueller. And it is unlikely that Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein would fire Mueller, since he is the one that appointed him.
But rumors persist that Donald Trump is worried about what Mueller might find (especially if he investigates the Trump finances) -- and that he would like to fire Mueller. That's why many people believe Trump is incessantly attacking his own Attorney General. He wants to force him out of office so he can appoint a sycophant who will fire Mueller.
But that would be a bad idea. Not only is Congress opposed to doing such a thing (including a growing number of Republicans), but the general public would not like that at all -- and it would make them wonder what nefarious thing Trump is trying to hide.
The chart above is from the most recent Economist / YouGov Poll -- done between July 23rd and 25th of a random national sample of 1,500 adults (including 1,282 registered voters), with a margin of error of 3.1 points.
It shows there is very little support for firing Mueller, while there is much more opposition to his firing. That even includes Republicans (although by a much thinner margin than in all other groups).