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Pollster: FBI Raid of Trump Lawyer Not a 'Constitutional Crisis'

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By    |   Monday, 09 April 2018 05:52 PM

Most voters who support President Donald Trump won't view Monday's FBI raid of his personal lawyer as a constitutional crisis, conservative pollster Frank Luntz said Monday.

In remarks to Fox News' "Your World With Neil Cavuto," Luntz said the nation is so polarized, opinions about the surprise raid of lawyer Michael Cohen will break down along party lines.

"I don't think it's a constitutional crisis," he said. "Probably 90 percent of Trump voters don't believe there's anything here. They're waiting for this investigations to result in something and they haven't."

On the other hand, he said, "90 percent of Hillary Clinton voters believe that Trump is guilty and they think this is more against him. This country is so polarized and so angry at each other that right now Trump voters will believe nothing in the attacks against the president and Clinton voters will believe in everything."

Though speculation about the raid has centered around the possibility investigators are honed in on the $130,000 payment Cohen made to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016 to buy her silence about an alleged fling with Trump some 10 years earlier.

If that is the case, host Cavuto said, the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller "has veered off course."

"But I remind you, in the end, all the investigations of Whitewater… they gave us is Monica Lewinsky," Luntz said of the Bill Clinton-era scandal. "It happens."

But he also insisted: "The public is still more concerned about the economy, job creation and the threat from China."

"They're not following this," he said. "You'll get very high cable news ratings because of this FBI action. But in terms of public priority, the investigations have not cut through the clutter. In the end, people's minds have already been made up and they're more concerned about the stock market, about trade, about jobs and employment."

Former judge Andrew Napolitano, in separate remarks to Cavuto, also remarked the Mueller probe appears to have "no limit."

"There may very well be other information that the government is looking for" even other than a payment to a porn star, he said.

"One of the questions that [late Supreme Court] Justice [Antonin] Scalia dissented about the special counsel — there's no limit," Napolitano said, adding "they go where they want to go."

"Who would have imagined that [Deputy Attorney General] Rod Rosenstein talked about election manipulations that this would go to raiding a lawyer's office over Stormy Daniels?" he said. "You're talking about the most confidential and protected relationship there is, lawyer and client. The federal government has just invaded that with the express authority and approval of a federal judge who they only permit that invasion when she or he, the federal judge, has been satisfied it's more likely than not that in those materials are evidence of crimes."

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Most voters who support President Donald Trump won't view Monday's FBI raid of his personal lawyer as a constitutional crisis, conservative pollster Frank Luntz said Monday.
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