A majority of voters say former Attorney General Loretta Lynch should be investigated for an election-year meeting with former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFive takeaways from Arizona's audit results Virginia governor's race enters new phase as early voting begins Business coalition aims to provide jobs to Afghan refugees MORE that took place while the FBI was investigating Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE’s use of a private email server from her time as Secretary of State.
According to new data from a Harvard-Harris Poll survey, provided exclusively to The Hill, 58 percent say Lynch should be investigated, against 42 percent who say she should not.
Last July, former FBI Director James Comey held a dramatic press conference in which he announced he would not recommend charges against Clinton, then the Democratic presidential nominee, for keeping sensitive information on a private computer server while at State.
Lynch, then attorney general, had said she would honor Comey’s decision rather than render her own judgment after it was revealed that she had met privately with Bill Clinton on a tarmac in Arizona.
Earlier this month, Comey ripped his former boss at a hearing on Capitol Hill, saying Lynch had sought to interfere in his investigation to benefit Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Comey said Lynch had pressured him to describe the Clinton probe as a political “matter,” rather than a criminal investigation.
“That gave me a queasy feeling,” Comey said.
Republicans, frustrated by the numerous investigations surrounding President Trump and Russia, are increasingly calling for Lynch to be investigated. The Senate Judiciary Committee has opened an inquiry into the matter.
Meanwhile, Clinton’s approval rating is worse than Trump’s. She is at 39 percent favorable and 56 percent unfavorable. The Harvard-Harris survey puts Trump at a split of 48-52, although the president is well lower in the RealClearPolitics average, where he is mired at 40.6 percent favorable and 54.1 percent unfavorable.
Clinton has been making the rounds blaming a host of variables on her surprising election loss. She has said sexism, Russian interference and Comey’s letter to Congress saying he had found additional emails days before the election all played a part in dooming her efforts.
But 67 percent of voters say Clinton lost because she ran a weak campaign.
“No question that Hillary Clinton's assessment of what happened in the campaign is at odds with how the public sees it — they fault her campaign, not Comey and the Russians,” said Harvard-Harris co-director Mark Penn.
The Harvard-Harris online survey of 2,237 registered voters was conducted between June 19 and June 21. The partisan breakdown is 35 percent Democrat, 29 percent Republican, 30 percent independent and 6 percent other.
The Harvard–Harris Poll is a collaboration of the Harvard Center for American Political Studies and The Harris Poll. The Hill will be working with Harvard-Harris throughout 2017. Full poll results will be posted online later this week.
The internet survey is a probability sample and so does not produce a traditional margin of error. Read about probability samples here.