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Are Americans confident that Mueller’s final report will be fair and evenhanded?

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Are Americans confident that Mueller's final report will be fair and evenhanded

According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, the American people are cautious with its expectations for the forthcoming report from special counsel Robert Mueller, who has been examining alleged ties between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Half of Americans report they have “just some” confidence or none at all that the Mueller report will be fair and evenhanded, and 43 percent say they have at least a good amount of confidence in its fairness.

[Read full poll results How the poll was conducted ]

The survey was conducted Monday to Thursday, just a day before Robert Mueller’s team arrested Roger Stone, accusing him of lying, obstruction and witness tampering.

Six in 10 adults are in support of Democrats using its congressional authority to obtain and release president Trump’s tax returns, the survey shows.

Similar majorities support Democrats investigating suspected financial ties between Donald Trump and foreign governments, the president’s relationship and communications with Vladimir Putin, as well as possible collusion in the 2016 campaign.

However, 46 percent plurality suspect that the Democrats will “go too far” in their inquiries of president Trump, while just over one-third think they will handle it about right.

Meanwhile, the poll shows that public support for impeachment of the president has dropped in recent months.

In the ABC poll, conducted immediately after Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance and other charges, 49 percent said Congress should begin impeachment proceedings that could lead to Trump being removed from office, while 46 percent said Congress should not.

In the new survey, only 40 percent support impeachment proceedings, while 55 percent majority oppose.

The new Post-ABC poll shows many Democrats are uncertain about Robert Mueller’s final report. Just over 6 in 10 Democrats say they are confident the report will be fair and evenhanded, while slightly more than 3 in 10 reports “just some” confidence or less.

Among independents, 40 percent are confident Robert Mueller’s final report will be fair and 53 percent expressed less faith. Confidence drops to 22 percent among Republicans.

Another Poll by the Pew Research Center this month found 55 percent of adults saying they are “very” or “somewhat” confident Robert Mueller is conducting a fair investigation, attitudes consistent with surveys since late 2017.

The timeline for Special Counsel Robert Mueller finishing his report is still unknown, or how much of the report will be made public.

Trump’s attorney general nominee, William P. Barr, told senators earlier this month that he would release a summary of the report but that he did not know “what will be release-able” given department regulations.

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