Poll: Majority Wants Congress to Investigate Trump/Russia Ties

A couple kisses in front of graffiti depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, on the walls of a bar in the old town in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

Despite the attempts by President Trump and those in the Trump administration to brush off their connections with Russia, it’s not going away. A recent poll shows a majority of Americans want Congress to investigate.

From NBC:

About half of Americans believe that Congress should investigate whether Donald Trump’s presidential campaign had contact with the Russian government in 2016, while only a quarter say that lawmakers should not probe the issue, according to a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll.

The new poll, conducted February 18-22, shows that 53 percent of the American public wants Congress to look into the alleged communications, while 25 percent disagree and 21 percent say they don’t have an opinion.

Those who advocate for a Congressional investigation of possible ties between Trump’s team and the Russian government include 80 percent of Democrats, 55 percent of independents and 25 percent of Republicans.

The partisan breakdown is nearly identical among those who want Congress to probe Russian interference in the election more broadly. That includes eighty-four percent of Democrats, 51 percent of independents and 25 percent of Republicans.

Whether there are any investigations remains to be seen. There have been some calls to appoint a special investigator, but that is very unlikely to happen. The Obama administration refused several times to appoint independent investigators despite apparent conflicts. Trump and Jeff Sessions are likely not going to agree.

We shall see.