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Public opinion on why President Trump fired former FBI chief Comey

This statistics shows the share of people in the U.S. who agree with the perceptions that Trump fired Comey due to the FBI investigations into Trump's administration's links to Russia and the Clinton email scandal, as of May 2017. According to the survey, 31 percent of people believed that Trump fired Comey in order to slow down the investigation into his administration's ties to Russia.

Public opinion on why President Trump fired former FBI chief Comey as of May 2017

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Sources

Release date

May 2017

Region

United States

Survey time period

May 11-13,2017

Number of respondents

800 respondents

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Im going to mention several reasons why some people say that President Trump fired James Comey as FBI Director and for each one please tell me if you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with this statement. If you don't know enough to say either way, please just say so:
1. President Trump fired Comey to slow down the FBI investigation into Russia's involvement in the last presidential election and possible connections to the Trump campaign and Administration.
2. President Trump fired Comey due to legitimate concerns about the way Comey handled and released information about the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server."

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