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Here’s another poll Trump won’t like.

A large majority of voters, or 57 percent, believe Trump “committed crimes before he took office,” according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

And, a whopping 69 percent of voters say that sitting presidents should be subject to criminal indictment if there is evidence they committed crimes, the poll found.

The poll comes after special counsel Robert Mueller said that Department of Justice policy barred him from seeking charges against Trump.

“Under longstanding department policy, a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office,” Mueller said in his first and, thus far only, public remarks since he became special counsel. “That is unconstitutional. Even if the charge is kept under seal and hidden from public view, that, too, is prohibited. A special counsel’s office is part of the Department of Justice, and by regulation, it was bound by that department policy.”

Mueller said because of that policy, he did not want to say in his report whether he thought Trump committed crimes, because he thought it would be an unfair accusation without giving Trump a legal recourse to fight those accusations.

“Beyond department policy, we were guided by principles of fairness,” Mueller said in his public statement in May. “It would be unfair to potentially — it would be unfair to potentially accuse somebody of a crime when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge.”

Still, Mueller said that he could not exonerate Trump as part of his investigation into obstruction of justice.

Mueller laid out 10 possible instances in which Trump sought to obstruct justice by trying to shut down or hinder Mueller’s probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, and whether Trump and his campaign had any role in it.

But Trump’s possible crimes go beyond trying to obstruct Mueller’s probe.

Trump engaged in numerous shady business and tax practices, including “outright [tax] fraud,” according to a bombshell New York Times report published last October.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

 

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)