Poll: Nearly half of Americans say Congress should try to impeach Trump

Poll: Nearly half of Americans say Congress should try to impeach Trump

Nearly half of Americans say Congress should try to impeach President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE, according to a new Washington Post–ABC News poll released Friday.

Among those polled, 49 percent say Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against Trump, compared to 46 percent who say they don’t support such a move.

The number pushing for impeachment proceedings is highest among liberals, at 70 percent, but includes 51 percent of self-identified moderates and 30 percent of conservatives polled.

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While a handful of Democrats on Capitol Hill have said they support impeachment, House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiConstitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration Why don't we build a wall with Canada? MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHouse Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration Mandatory E-Verify: The other border wall Trump says he 'didn't need to' declare emergency but wanted 'faster' action MORE (D-N.Y.) have said it’s not a priority and may be wary of firing up a defensive GOP ahead of November’s midterm elections. 

The numbers correspond with a 60 percent disapproval rating in the poll. Trump's approval rating stands at 36 percent among those surveyed. The disapproval rating is an uptick from an April Washington Post–ABC News poll, which had it at 56 percent.

The poll also shows substantial support for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation into Russian election, including whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow and whether Trump has obstructed justice. Approximately 63 percent of Americans support the probe, while 29 percent oppose. 

Additionally, 53 percent of Americans say they believe Trump has tried to interfere in a Mueller probe in a way that amounts to obstruction of justice.

The poll was conducted shortly after two cases initiated by the Mueller team against former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortMueller recommends Manafort serve at least 19 years in prison The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears CNN's Toobin: 'Almost unrecognizable' Manafort 'in danger of losing his life' in prison MORE and former Trump personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen made the news. 

Manafort was found guilty of eight counts of bank and tax fraud, while Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts of bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance law violations. 

The campaign finance violations stem from hush-money payments Cohen arranged during the campaign to women who allegedly had affairs with Trump. Cohen said he made the payments at the direction of “a candidate for federal office.”

Trump has repeatedly railed against the Mueller investigation, calling it a “witch hunt.” 

Reports have circulated that Trump intends to fire and replace Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight The Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war McCabe book: Sessions once said FBI was better off when it 'only hired Irishmen' MORE after the midterm elections. Such a move would allow him to put in place an attorney general who would be willing to shut down the Mueller probe. 

However, 64 percent of Americans think Trump should leave Sessions in his job, along with 19 percent who say he should fire the attorney general.

The Washington Post–ABC News contacted 1,003 people from Sunday to Wednesday, and the poll has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.