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Majority of Americans say Trump should agree to interview with Mueller - poll

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17 hours ago, Kelsall said:

Failing to give an interview is not mentioned.

 

Well, a lot of "things" are not mentioned as qualifications, like having a brain, or a heart.

 

That said, he did swear an oath to defend and uphold the Constitution, and with that come many, many, many responsibilities.

 

Again, he did nothing wrong, so sitting for Mueller would represent the perfect opportunity to help resolve and conclude the Special Counsel's investigation, and assuage citizens concerns about possible Russian influence in 2016 election.

 

Seems like something a leader would do?

 

He faces no legal jeopardy, as we are told by Alan Dershowitz and Rudy Guiliani.

 

 

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17 hours ago, attrayant said:

Basically you want to second-guess the polling firm?  Why?  That's analogous to asking to see Richard Feynman's data on his research in the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, just so you can check to make sure he's doing it right.  Why not just let professionals do their jobs?

what i'm suggesting (see post #35) is many of these polls don't tell us anything we don't already know if the results are roughly 60% against trump and 40% for trump.  the issue being polled isn't really captured in the result, it is simply those who don't support trump versus those that do.  said another way, instead of doing the poll, you can just publish trump's approval rating.  a new 'issue' on trump comes up nearly every week, and we get a new poll.  and most are the same result (same as approval rating).  i think the poll on the summit and the splitting of kids from parents (illegal immigrants) were not 60/40.

 

i can't say that my assumption above is 100% correct.  if the pollsters published who the people voted for, then we could know for sure.  if 40% voted for trump and 40% were against the mueller interview, we've learned nothing.  if 20% voted for trump and 40% were against the mueller interview, maybe we have learned something (some 'anti' trump folks feel he shouldn't do the interview). 

 

i understand that my overall view on polls in general might be disturbing.  unfortunately, i have a general distrust of the media, polling firms, etc...  there is bias and division in the USA and individuals might be tempted to show only one side of the issue (like CNN and FOX) or skew data for a preferred outcome (polling). 

 

edit:  the OP talks about 'registered republicans' but that doesn't mean they voted for trump.

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57 minutes ago, buick said:

what i'm suggesting (see post #35) is many of these polls don't tell us anything we don't already know if the results are roughly 60% against trump and 40% for trump.  the issue being polled isn't really captured in the result, it is simply those who don't support trump versus those that do.  said another way, instead of doing the poll, you can just publish trump's approval rating.  a new 'issue' on trump comes up nearly every week, and we get a new poll.  and most are the same result (same as approval rating).  i think the poll on the summit and the splitting of kids from parents (illegal immigrants) were not 60/40.

 

i can't say that my assumption above is 100% correct.  if the pollsters published who the people voted for, then we could know for sure.  if 40% voted for trump and 40% were against the mueller interview, we've learned nothing.  if 20% voted for trump and 40% were against the mueller interview, maybe we have learned something (some 'anti' trump folks feel he shouldn't do the interview). 

 

i understand that my overall view on polls in general might be disturbing.  unfortunately, i have a general distrust of the media, polling firms, etc...  there is bias and division in the USA and individuals might be tempted to show only one side of the issue (like CNN and FOX) or skew data for a preferred outcome (polling). 

 

edit:  the OP talks about 'registered republicans' but that doesn't mean they voted for trump.

Do you actually think it's plausible that pollsters don't take all these factors into account?

I remember not so long ago when right wing people were protesting polls because they included more reigisterd Democrats in the sample than registered Republicans.

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On ‎6‎/‎22‎/‎2018 at 9:12 AM, mtls2005 said:

Seems strange not to want to cooperate, given that he says has not done anything wrong re: conspiring with Russia to affect the election.

 

Spend a day or two, be honest, sort it out, clear your name and move on.

 

He has immense protections: he can't be indicted (while in office), and while he might be impeached he will never be convicted by trial in the Senate.

 

What's the big deal? 

The big deal is being entrapped by cunning questions designed to allow an accusation of "lying under oath". Mueller is, IMO, not going in as a neutral investigator.

I think Trump should agree to the interview as long as the same rules as when the FBI interviewed Clinton apply.

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20 hours ago, bristolboy said:

Do you actually think it's plausible that pollsters don't take all these factors into account?

I remember not so long ago when right wing people were protesting polls because they included more reigisterd Democrats in the sample than registered Republicans.

i'm not all that clear on what you mean with respect to your first sentence above ?  what factors are you referring to that are included in my post ?  i'm a registered independent, so i'm in the middle.  which makes it especially frustrating that the right and left continually bicker and can't make any compromise (as an example, i would cut military spending, not build a wall, support serious gun control, and support abortion rights, so i can't be a republican and i would take an extremely hard line on immigration and welfare so i can't be a democrat).

 

the main point i've tried to make several times, which makes sense to me but doesn't seem to catch on with anyone else, is most of the polls simply reflect the approval rating of the president, be it trump, obama, or bush.  the poll really doesn't tell you how people feel about the issue as they simply answer based on pro or anti current president.  with respect to the subject poll, i could have told you all in advance what the numbers would be.  trump supporters (roughly 40%) answer no and the anti trump (60%) will answer yes. i'll go out on a limb and say the next trump related poll released on this site will be very similar (i don't even have to know the issue being polled). so we'll see how that goes, i'm sure we'll get another one soon.

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12 hours ago, thaibeachlovers said:

The big deal is being entrapped by cunning questions designed to allow an accusation of "lying under oath".

 

Just answer the questions honestly, or plead the fifth.

 

I do not believe the goal of the Muller investigation is to entrap the President.

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13 hours ago, thaibeachlovers said:

Mueller is, IMO, not going in as a neutral investigator.

 

You have absolutely no grounds upon which to base that opinion. The entire span of control from Mueller on up is republican, and Trump always hires the very best, right?  The deck is stacked entirely in favor of team Trump. 

 

Mueller has a long and distinguished career of public service, and there are many clips of staunch conservatives lauding his career.  Mueller is so trustworthy that, when it was discovered he had some anti-Trump bias in his investigative team, the offending agent was immediately dismissed.  What more could you possibly ask for??

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On 6/23/2018 at 5:00 PM, Kelsall said:

As directed by the Constitution, a presidential candidate must be a natural born citizen of the United States, a resident for 14 years, and 35 years of age or older.  Failing to give an interview is not mentioned.

The fact that so many of his supporters are willing to give him a pass here is insane. Keep in mind what he is refusing to speak about involves at least one (and possibly multiple) foreign governments influencing the U.S. election, and possible collusion of the president himself. And Trump and his campaign members have obstructed, lied, ommitted, and plead guilty to charges already. We know that Trump concocted the false story about the tower meeting. We know he had Russia on his mind when he fired Comey. We know he has demanded information about an investigation into himself from his justice department. And we know he his narrative has changed from no contacts, to incidental contacts, to no collusion, to even if there were collusion its not a crime, to you can't indict a sitting president.  That should concern the hell out of every American, and most of the free world. Because if Trump did collude with Russia (and possibly other governments) then a trade was made. A trade which may not be in America's best interests. 

So when you sit here and try to find ways for him to not be interviewed. To stop this investigation. You are saying that you don't care about any of that. 

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On ‎6‎/‎25‎/‎2018 at 3:37 PM, attrayant said:

You have absolutely no grounds upon which to base that opinion. The entire span of control from Mueller on up is republican, and Trump always hires the very best, right?  The deck is stacked entirely in favor of team Trump. 

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Why are Mueller's investigators apparently Democrat supporters, and none Trump supporters? They are apparently the same people that exonerated Clinton before they interviewed her.

I'd say that's enough grounds on which to base my opinion, even without mentioning Wiseman.

 

BTW, many "Republicans" hate Trump. Ask Bush, or McCain for their opinions!

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2 hours ago, thaibeachlovers said:

BTW, many "Republicans" hate Trump. Ask Bush, or McCain for their opinions!

i would go as far as to say, 90% of elected republicans hate trump.  i'd guess 50% hate trump more than pelosi and schumer.  it is the regular people/republican voters that tolerate and support trump plus some independents. 

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