Poll: Majority of Americans want Robert Mueller to interview Trump under oath

  • According to a new Monmouth University poll, 71% of respondents believe President Donald Trump should agree to an interview with the special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow during the 2016 race.
  • A majority of both Democrats and Republicans said they back the interview.
  • The survey comes as Mueller zeroes in on Trump for possible obstruction of justice.

A majority of Americans who participated in a recent Monmouth University poll said President Donald Trump should sit down for an interview under oath with Robert Mueller, the special counsel who is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 US election.

In addition to examining Russia's election interference, Mueller is also looking into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow and whether Trump sought to obstruct justice when he fired FBI director James Comey last May.

Of the 806 respondents interviewed, 71% said that Trump should agree to the interview. Views differed slightly along party lines, but Democrats and Republicans still largely agreed.

About 85% of Democrats and 51% of Republicans surveyed said they support Mueller interviewing Trump. The poll sampled a relatively equal amount of Republicans (29%), Democrats (32%), and independents (39%).

The survey also found that 41% of respondents believe Trump's reported attempt to fire Mueller in June 2017 constituted obstruction of justice, while 44% said they believed otherwise.

Mueller's investigation has focused in recent weeks on Trump's involvement in crafting a misleading statement about his son's meeting with a Russian lawyer at the height of the campaign; what Trump knew when he fired former national security adviser Michael Flynn last February; and what his motives were when he fired Comey three months later.  

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Putting the Trump-Russia timeline into perspective
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Putting the Trump-Russia timeline into perspective
June 7: The 2016 primary season essentially concludes, with both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the presumptive party nominees
June 9: Donald Trump Jr. — along with Jared Kushner and former campaign chair Paul Manafort — meets with Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
June 9: Trump tweets about Clinton's missing 33,000 emails
July 18: Washington Post reports, on the first day of the GOP convention, that the Trump campaign changed the Republican platform to ensure that it didn't call for giving weapons to Ukraine to fight Russian and rebel forces
July 21: GOP convention concludes with Trump giving his speech accepting the Republican nomination
July 22: WikiLeaks releases stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee
July 25: Democratic convention begins
July 27: In final news conference of his 2016 campaign, Trump asks Russia: "If you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing"
August 4: Obama CIA Director John Brennan confronts his Russian counterpart about Russia's interference. "[I] told him if you go down this road, it's going to have serious consequences, not only for the bilateral relationship, but for our ability to work with Russia on any issue, because it is an assault on our democracy," Brennan said on "Meet the Press" yesterday.
October 4: WikiLeaks' Julian Assange says his organization will publish emails related to the 2016 campaign
October 7: WikiLeaks begins releasing Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta's emails
October 7: Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence release a statement directly saying that Russia is interfering in the 2016 election
October 31: "This WikiLeaks is like a treasure trove," Trump says on the campaign trail
November 4: "Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks," Trump says from Ohio.

Comey testified last year that Trump asked him to let go of the bureau's investigation into Flynn one day after Flynn was fired. Comey gave no indication that he would do so, and Trump fired him in May. 

The White House initially said Comey was fired because of the way he handled the FBI's investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, but Trump later said on national television that "this Russia thing" was a factor in his decision. He also told Russian officials one day after Comey's firing that the FBI director's removal had taken "great pressure" off of him. 

Flynn pleaded guilty in December to one count of making false statements to investigators, and Trump said in a tweet the next day that he had to fire Flynn "because he lied to the FBI." Experts said at the time that if Trump knew the former national security adviser had misled investigators when he asked Comey to drop the Flynn probe in February, it would significantly bolster the obstruction case against the president.

Trump has wavered on whether he will agree to an interview with Mueller. He at one point said he was "100%" open to it, but later walked that back, saying that because there was "no collusion," it would be "unlikely that you'd even have an interview."

The president's attorneys are currently in talks with Mueller's team about the scope and limitations of a possible Trump interview, Business Insider previously confirmed.  

Last month, The Washington Post reported Mueller asked Trump's lawyers about a possible interview with the president and hinted that he wanted to conduct it soon.

“This is moving faster than anyone really realizes,” a person close to Trump told The Post.

RELATED: People reportedly interviewed in Robert Mueller's Russia probe

People reportedly interviewed in Robert Mueller's Russia probe
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People reportedly interviewed in Robert Mueller's Russia probe

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions 

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Former FBI Director James Comey

(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus

(REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer

(REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks

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Trump advisor Stephen Miller

(REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

President Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner 


Don McGahn, general counsel for the Trump transition team

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Christopher Steele, the former MI6 agent who compiled the reported Trump dossier 

(Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)

Sam Clovis, a former member of the Trump campaign

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo

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