More than two-thirds of voters would like to see Attorney General Jeff Sessions appoint a second special counsel to investigate abuse allegations at the FBI and Department of Justice, according to a new poll.
The Harvard CAP/Harris Poll, provided to The Hill ahead of its online posting, found 67 percent of voters support a second special counsel.
Sorting the responses along party lines, the poll found 75 percent of Republicans want a special counsel, 60 percent of Democrats say the same, as do 69 percent of independents.
"The public can best be termed as 'pro-investigation' in that they want [special counsel Robert] Mueller to continue his investigation and overwhelmingly want a special counsel to investigate the FBI," poll co-director Mark Penn told The Hill.
"This is a significant majority in favor of a new special counsel."
Attorney General Jeff Sessions declined to name a second special counsel last week after saying he saw "no cause" to do so, yet. Instead, he said Utah's top federal prosecutor, John Huber, was investigating the misconduct allegations.
In other findings, the poll found:
- 57 percent said former FBI Director James Comey's firing was an attempt by President Donald Trump to obstruct justice.
"This makes it a serious — but not impeachable concern he needs to better explain," Penn told The Hill.
- 54 percent said that Mueller should pursue obstruction charges against Trump even if the special counsel does not find any evidence of an underlying crime pertaining to collusion.
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