The political turmoil in Washington continues, but it appears as though the tides have turned, with attention now focusing on the Clintons.
According to a recent poll, the majority of American voters think that Hillary and Bill Clinton, or close political associates, broke the law and colluded with Russia to influence the U.S elections last November.
The survey found that 51% of American voters think that either the Clintons or their political allies broke the law in their dealings with Russia. Thirty-seven percent said it’s unlikely. Within these two groups, 37% think an illegal activity is “very likely” and 20% said it’s “not at all likely.”
As one would expect, there is a political divide along party lines. A whopping 59% of GOP voters think it’s “very likely” that Hillary and Bill Clinton or close political acquaintances broke the law when dealing with the Russians. That compares with just 18% of Democrats who say the same thing and 36% of independent voters.
What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. A majority of Americans still think Hillary and Bill Clinton’s dealings with Russian officials should be included in FBI and congressional investigations of the Trump campaign’s alleged ties with Russia.
Fifty-four percent of voters think Hillary Clinton broke the law in her handling of classified information when she was secretary of State and do not think the FBI should have kept its files on last year’s Clinton probe secret.
This is not the only issue to dog Hillary Clinton. A full 60% believe it’s “likely” that actions taken by Hillary Clinton while Secretary of State were influenced by donations made to the Clinton Foundation; 45% say it’s “very likely.” Less than one-third (29%) of American voters do not believe that Clinton’s actions as Secretary of State were influenced by those who contributed to the Clinton Foundation.
Americans are more skeptical of Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, though. A still large 69% of Republican voters think it is “very likely” that some of Hillary Clinton’s actions while she was Secretary of State was influenced by donations made to the Clinton Foundation. A surprisingly large number of independent voters (44%) concur with GOP voters. Meanwhile, just 25% of Democratic voters said the same thing.
It could get worse for the Clintons and their once shiny image. On Wednesday, President Trump said, “the hoax is turned around, and you look at what’s happened with Russia and…you look at the fake dossier, so that’s all turned around.”
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee tweeted:
The real Russia scandal? Clinton campaign paid for the fake Russia dossier, then lied about it & covered it up. https://t.co/kR8z2zsZ7Q
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 25, 2017
None of this means that the attention will focus away from Trump and his potential dealings with Russia. It just means the investigation got a lot more crowded–and interesting.
“51% Say Lawbreaking Likely in Clinton Dealings With Russia,” Rasmussen Reports, October 26, 2017.
“Trump rips Clinton link to Fusion GPS dossier as a ‘disgrace,’ says Russia ‘hoax is turned around,’” Fox News, October 25, 2017.
“Twitter post,” Sarah Sanders Twitter account, October 24, 2017, 9:04 p.m.