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Trump voters warn him not to fire Mueller: "People would be suspicious" [View all]

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My colleague @PhilipRucker traveled to the Milwaukee suburbs to observe a two-hour-long focus group with a dozen people from across the political spectrum. The only thing they could agree on: Trump should not fire Robert Mueller.


Trump voters warn him not to fire Mueller: ‘People would be suspicious’

By Philip Rucker May 16 at 6:00 AM [link:philip.rucker@washpost.com|Email the author]

BROOKFIELD, Wis. — They see the Russia investigation as President Trump does, as a witch hunt that has expanded far beyond its initial mandate with the explicit aim of delegitimizing or perhaps even overturning his 2016 election victory.

Yet these most steadfast of Trump supporters, who were among those gathered here Tuesday night as part of a focus group evaluating public opinion, said the president should not fire special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, a view shared by the Trump critics around the table.

“People would be suspicious,” said Betsy Novak, 55, a greenhouse worker who voted for Trump. ... “It {would be} hiding something,” said Curt Hetzel, 48, a shipping and receiving manager who also voted for Trump. ... “Politically, it would be a terrible idea,” said yet another Trump backer, Sam Goldner, 25, a warehouse manager.

These three were among the 12 men and women assembled for a two-hour focus group in this Milwaukee suburb, a perennial suburban swing area in a state that helped propel Trump to a surprise victory and is home to competitive Senate and gubernatorial contests this fall.

Philip Rucker is the White House Bureau Chief for The Washington Post. He previously has covered Congress, the Obama White House, and the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns. Rucker also is a Political Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He joined The Post in 2005 as a local news reporter. Follow @PhilipRucker

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