In a recent poll released on Tuesday, it was revealed that a growing number of Republicans have started to acknowledge the possibility of former President Trump’s involvement in serious federal crimes. As the Justice Department’s investigation into the January 6th events continues, 13 percent of Republicans now believe that Trump has committed serious crimes, a significant increase from 6 percent reported last September.
Interestingly, the poll also highlights a rise in uncertainty among Republicans, with an additional 13 percent expressing doubts about whether Trump committed these serious crimes, compared to the 10 percent recorded previously. However, the majority of Republicans – 74 percent – maintain their belief that the former president did not engage in any significant criminal activities, according to the poll.
Trump himself recently disclosed that he anticipates indictment in the Jan. 6 probe led by special counsel Jack Smith. This revelation follows a letter he received last month notifying him of his target status in the investigation. The former president’s attorneys also met with members of Smith’s office last week, mirroring a sequence of events that had previously preceded his last federal indictment.
Trump entered a not guilty plea in June against charges pertaining to his alleged mishandling of classified documents and his attempts to impede their retrieval by the government. However, recently, the Justice Department brought forth additional charges accusing Trump of attempting to delete surveillance footage at his Mar-a-Lago property. Moreover, earlier this year, Trump faced indictment over falsifying business records in Manhattan in connection with a hush money payment made by his former fixer, Michael Cohen, to adult film star Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 election. Once again, Trump pleaded not guilty to these charges.
Meanwhile, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis (D) announced on Saturday that her team has concluded its investigation into Trump’s alleged endeavors to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia. Willis revealed her plan to present charging decisions by September 1st.
The New York Times/Siena College poll, conducted from July 23rd to 27th, surveyed 1,329 registered voters and carried a margin of error of 3.67 percentage points.
This article dives into the latest poll, shedding light on the shifting opinions within the Republican party regarding Trump’s potential involvement in serious federal crimes. As the investigations progress and potential indictments loom, only time will reveal the true extent of these allegations and their repercussions.