If there is one thing that the American people have grown very tired of in the last three years, it is pointless political games. Now, after more than two years of the Mueller investigation and zero evidence coming to light that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to secure a victory in the 2016 election, more and more Americans are coming to see the entire investigation as yet another pointless political game and, even worse, a witch hunt against President Trump.
According to a new USA Today/Suffolk poll, 50% of Americans agree with President Trump that the Mueller investigation is a witch hunt while 47% of Americans disagree and 3% don’t have an opinion on the issue. The poll clearly shows that the tide of public opinion is shifting when it comes to the Mueller investigation and Democratic efforts to dig up some impeachment-worthy offense.
What makes the Mueller investigation even more difficult to accept for many Americans is the fact that not only is it a witch hunt, it’s also a very expensive one. According to a document released by the DOJ, the Mueller investigation racked up a bill of a little over $25 million from 2017-2018. Now, that number is no-doubt higher as the investigation continues to stretch on into 2019.
It isn’t the Democratic Party that’s footing the bill for this lengthy investigation, either – it’s the American taxpayer. This is a reality that gives Americans all the more reason to begin getting anxious about how long the investigation is lasting and how little evidence that it is turning up.
Nevertheless, House Democrats remain undeterred. While Nancy Pelosi did quell talks of impeachment to some degree by saying that it would be counterproductive to try and impeach the President before Mueller releases his final report, the Democrat-controlled House continues to launch one investigation after another.
Republicans warned voters leading up to the 2018 midterms that Democrats would do nothing but investigate and obstruct if given control of the House, and so far this warning has rung true. Having set their spring agenda, House Democrats have announced a number of new investigations that will soon be launching. These include investigations into the Trump Administration, the White House, and Trump companies that did business with Russia even before Donald Trump decided to run for President.
At the same time that House Democrats continue to announce new investigations, Mueller’s office has announced that the Mueller investigation will be extended yet again as they look into “new Trump-Russia collusion leads”. It has been speculated for some time now that the Mueller investigation was nearing its conclusion. Now, that conclusion may no longer be anywhere on the horizon.
In the midst of all these new and ongoing investigations, American voters are ready for answers. Given that the Mueller investigation has been unable to provide any answers thus far, the credibility of the investigation is starting to slip.
In addition to finding that the majority of Americans now feel that the Mueller probe is a witch hunt, the USA Today/Suffolk poll also found that only 28% of Americans feel that the Mueller investigation is fair and accurate.
Meanwhile, 59% of Americans say that they believe President Trump when he denies any involvement with Russia or collusion during the 2016 election.
In spite of the new leads that Mueller is now chasing, though, most people agree that the Mueller investigation needs to reach its end sooner rather than later. Recently, the House voted to make the results of the investigation public, meaning that all of America will know what Mueller did and did not find soon enough.
In recent weeks, it’s felt as if the Democratic Party has been preparing for the very likely possibility that the investigation turns up no evidence of collusion. If this does turn out to be the case, House Democrats have given every indication that they will still push forward with their own investigations.
If new polling sheds any light on voter opinion regarding the endless investigations into Trump, though, the Democratic Party might have to press forward with investigations at their own peril. Should Mueller’s report turn out to be anti-climatic, it’s safe to say that the vast majority of Americans will see the issue as being resolved. If Democrats continue to waste time and taxpayer money investigating Trump, it is likely that yet another dip in popularity is all that they will have to gain.