Aug 31, 2018

Poll: Most Republicans want to shut down Mueller's investigation

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A new survey by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling found that 67% of Republicans and 33% of independents think the Mueller investigation should be shut down, and 80% of Republicans agree it's a witch hunt.

Why it matters: Trump's ultimate goal has been to discredit Mueller's work — and it appears to be working.

Another key finding from the survey shows that large majorities of Republican (90%) and independent (94%) voters agree that "no one is above the law, not even the President."

  • And 46% of independents have a favorable opinion of Mueller compared to Trump's 36% approval rating.
  • Although a majority of Republicans want the investigation to be shut down, 62% of them believe Mueller's probe should "follow the facts wherever they lead."

Go deeper: More Americans prefer Sessions and Mueller over Trump

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Pelosi warns U.S. allies against working with China's Huawei

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday cautioned U.S. allies against allowing Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to develop their 5G networks, arguing at the Munich Security Conference that doing so is akin to “choosing autocracy over democracy," CNBC reports.

Why it matters: Pelosi's hawkish stance marks a rare area of agreement with the Trump administration, which believes Huawei is a national security threat because the Chinese government may be capable of accessing its equipment for espionage.

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Judge sets "scheduling" conference call ahead of Roger Stone sentencing

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U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has requested a Feb. 18 "scheduling" conference call in the Roger Stone case, two days before the former Trump associate is set to be sentenced.

Why it matters: Stone's defense team on Friday filed a sealed motion for a new trial — the second time they've done so — amid allegations of juror bias and a growing controversy over Attorney General Bill Barr's intervention in the case.

Biden says Bloomberg's money can't "erase" his record

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Former Vice President Joe Biden said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that Michael Bloomberg's vast fortune cannot "erase" his record, and that scrutiny of Bloomberg's positions on things like race and policing will ramp up now that he's in the national spotlight.

Why it matters: Biden's polling free fall in the wake of poor performances in Iowa and New Hampshire has coincided with a surge for Bloomberg, who appeals to a similar moderate bloc of the Democratic Party. The billionaire's limitless spending capacity poses an especially stark threat to Biden, who has struggled with fundraising.