TRUMP IMPEACHMENT: WASHINGTON – Trump’s disapproval rating soars

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WASHINGTON — Sixty percent of Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump’s job performance and nearly half support impeachment, according to an opinion poll published on Friday.

Thirty-six percent of Americans approve of Trump’s White House performance, the Washington Post-ABC News poll found.

In the last survey in April, Trump received an approval rating of 40 percent and a disapproval rating of 56 percent.

The latest survey of 1,003 adults was conducted between 26 and 29 August, the week when Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty of tax and bank fraud and his attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to making hush payments to women who claimed to have had sexual liaisons with Trump.

Forty-nine percent of those polled by the Post and ABC News said that Congress should launch impeachment proceedings against Trump, while 46 percent disagreed.

Fifty-three percent said they believed Trump has committed obstruction of justice by trying to interfere with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the Trump election campaign colluded with Russia.

Thirty-five percent said they do not believe the president has sought to interfere. Trump has denounced the ongoing probe as a political “witch hunt.”

Meanwhile, a senior Justice Department lawyer said a former British spy told him at a breakfast meeting two years ago that Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump “over a barrel,” according to multiple people familiar with the encounter.

Fifty-three percent said they believed Trump has committed obstruction of justice.

The lawyer, Bruce Ohr, also said he learned that a Trump campaign aide had met with higher-level Russian officials than the aide had acknowledged, the people said.

The previously unreported details of the 30 July 2016, breakfast with Christopher Steele, which Ohr described to lawmakers this week in a private interview, reveal an exchange of potentially explosive information about Trump between two men the president has relentlessly sought to discredit.

They add to the public understanding of those pivotal summer months as the FBI and intelligence community scrambled to untangle possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.

AFP and AP

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