May 22, 2019

Poll: Most Americans think Mueller, McGahn should testify before Congress

McGahn's name plate sits on the witness table prior to a House Judiciary Committee hearing in which he was subpoenaed to testify on May 21. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Most Americans believe special counsel Robert Mueller and former White House counsel Don McGahn should testify before Congress, even as a slight majority also think "Congress should move on to other issues," according to a new Monmouth University poll.

Why it matters, via a statement from Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute: "This investigation has become so pervasive that it is seen as distracting Congress from the business of governing. ... [F]urther stonewalling by the Trump administration could actually pay off in short-term political losses for the Democrats as they get bogged down in legal battles over subpoenas."

By the numbers: 73% of Americans believe Mueller should testify before Congress, and 67% of Americans believe McGahn should do so. 69% say Congress should get a full version of the Mueller report along with supporting documents.

  • 39% of Americans believe President Trump should be impeached and compelled to leave the presidency, but 56% disagree.

The backdrop: McGahn's refusal to testify this week has been a tipping point in calls for impeachment by House Democrats. Mueller's team reportedly wants to avoid the appearance of partisanship if he testifies, but top Democrats like House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler are calling for Mueller to discuss his report publicly.

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Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and South Korea ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. South Korea's confirmed cases jumped from 204 on Friday to 433 on Saturday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,362 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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Centrist Democrats beseech 2020 candidates: "Stand up to Bernie" or Trump wins

Bernie Sanders rallies in Las Vegas, Nevada on Feb. 21. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Center-left think tank Third Way urgently called on the Democratic front-runners of the 2020 presidential election to challenge Sen. Bernie Sanders on the South Carolina debate stage on Feb. 25, in a memo provided to Axios' Mike Allen on Saturday.

What they're saying: "At the Las Vegas debate ... you declined to really challenge Senator Sanders. If you repeat this strategy at the South Carolina debate this week, you could hand the nomination to Sanders, likely dooming the Democratic Party — and the nation — to Trump and sweeping down-ballot Republican victories in November."

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A combine in Rippey, Iowa harvests soybeans in October 2019. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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