WASHINGTON – A majority of U.S. voters want Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III to testify before Congress, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The Morning Consult/Politico poll found that 56% of the respondents said Mueller should testify and 19% said he should not testify. Meanwhile, 24% said they are either not sure or have no opinion as to whether Mueller should testify.
Seventy-nine percent of Democrats said Mueller should testify, compared with 37% of Republicans and 51% of independent voters.
The survey included 1,995 registered voters and was carried out May 10-12. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
On April 18, the Department of Justice released a redacted version of Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. A day later, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) issued a subpoena for the full report.
Last week the committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for his refusal to comply with the subpoena.
The report said Mueller did not find any evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Mueller did not make a determination as to whether obstruction of justice had occurred.
Nadler and other Democrats have called on Mueller to testify. They had asked that he appear on May 15 but no agreement was reached. Negotiations are reportedly still in progress.
President Trump has wavered on the issue. He initially said Mueller should not testify but later backtracked and said Barr should make the decision.