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Gallup: Americans Reject Idea Trump Acted Illegally in 2016

Gallup: Americans Reject Idea Trump Acted Illegally in 2016
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By    |   Tuesday, 11 September 2018 05:59 PM

The top editor at Gallup polling says Americans have now largely "dismissed" the idea that President Donald Trump criminally colluded with Russia in the 2016 election.

In an interview with Hill.TV posted by The Hill on Tuesday, Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport explained Americans see a difference between criminality and doing something wrong.

"A lot of Americans have kind of dismissed the idea that he [Trump] colluded to the extent that he did something illegal," Newport told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking."

"A lot more Americans would say he did something wrong, but it wasn't illegal.”

A Gallup poll released last week found 29 percent of respondents believe Trump acted illegally concerning Russian involvement in the campaign, while 28 percent said Trump acted unethically but did nothing illegal, and 35 percent said he did not do anything seriously wrong.

The president has railed at special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian meddling, repeatedly denying there is any evidence of his collusion with Moscow.

The Mueller investigation has produced indictments, guilty pleas, or convictions from Russian nationals and former Trump campaign officials — including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos

And Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen told a court last month he violated campaign finance laws "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office," referring to the president.

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In an interview with Hill.TV posted by The Hill on Tuesday, Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport says Americans have now largely "dismissed" the idea President Donald Trump criminally colluded with Russia in the 2016 election.
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