POLL: Americans Trust Comey More Than Trump

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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Americans have a more positive view of former FBI Director James Comey than President Donald Trump, according to a Thursday Quinnipiac poll.

Quinnipiac pollsters found that American voters have a 30 percent negative opinion of Comey, but they believe he tells the truth more than the president. Fifty-four percent of voters believe Comey tells the truth about important issues, while only 35 percent of voters believe the president tells the truth when discussing important issues.

Some 76 percent of Republican voters believe the president tells the truth, but they are alone in that belief. Every other party, gender or race of American voters put their faith in Comey over Trump.

The president fired Comey in May 2017, citing the mishandling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Trump went on a tirade Thursday morning against the former FBI director during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”

“Comey is a leaker and he is a liar and not only on this stuff, he has been leaking for years,” the president said Thursday morning on Fox News.

The president was referencing a series of memos Comey wrote about his meetings with the president while he served as the director of the FBI.

Four of the seven memos Comey drafted contained secret or confidential information. Comey leaked four of the memos to his confidant, Daniel Richman, a Columbia University professor. Arithmetically, the numbers suggest Comey released classified information to a civilian.

“It is all classified. It is totally classified. Legally he did an illegal act and he said it himself in order to get a special counsel against me,” the president said on Fox.

The Quinnipiac poll was conducted from April 20 – 24. Pollsters surveyed 1,193 voters nationwide, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

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