As members of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees roll up their sleeves in preparation for a long investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election, a majority of Americans believe the Clintons shouldn't be overlooked in the process.
Voters are closely divided on the importance of Congress investigating whether Russia interfered with the last election, but if it does, they think the Clintons’ ties to the Russians should be part of the probe.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters think Congress should expand its investigation of any possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Forty-five percent (45%) say Congress’ time would be better spent dealing with economic and other policy issues instead. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
However, 52% believe Bill and Hillary Clinton’s private dealings with Russian officials should be included in the FBI and congressional investigation of the Trump campaign. Thirty-five percent (35%) disagree, but 13% are not sure.
Despite all of the media outcry over Trump transition team officials engaging in conversations and meetings with Russian officials, it turns out members of the Clinton campaign also met with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 presidential campaign. Further, the Clinton Foundation has been closely tied to the Kremlin for years.