(RoyalPatriot.com )- According to a Rasmussen poll released on Thursday, a majority of likely voters oppose the Justice Department’s political persecution of Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe and its prosecution of podcaster Steve Bannon.
An overwhelming 82 percent of respondents said it is “important” for the FBI and DOJ to avoid prosecuting the political opponents of the Biden administration. Sixty-four percent of those said it is “very important.” Only nine percent said it is not important.
More than half of respondents believe that the FBI and DOJ have political motives for targeting Steve Bannon (55 percent) and James O’Keefe (52 percent).
When broken down by political party, 47 percent of unaffiliated voters believe Bannon’s prosecution is politically motivated while 49 percent believe O’Keefe’s prosecution is.
Among Republicans, 66 percent say Bannon’s prosecution is politically motivated and 67 percent believe O’Keefe’s is.
Democrat respondents thought otherwise. Only 35 percent of Democrats believe the DOJ’s prosecution of Steve Bannon is politically motivated. Regarding the targeting of James O’Keefe, 38 percent of Democrats believe it is motivated by politics.
Of course, it could be argued that Democrat respondents desperately want Bannon and O’Keefe to be investigated because they see them as political opponents, and therefore, they are unwilling to acknowledge that their prosecutions are politically motivated.
While Democrats and the White House have repeatedly stated that President Biden would restore the independence of the Justice Department which they claimed was “weaponized” by Trump to target his enemies, the truth is quite the opposite.
The Rasmussen poll confirms the concerns voiced last week by the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General who, in his Public Trust Report warned that the DOJ and FBI have strayed from the policies put in place to avoid the appearance of political bias.
In the report, Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote that the Justice Department must address this public perception problem if it hopes to maintain its objectivity and remain insulated from political influence.
Horowitz urged the DOJ to ensure that it is adhering to the policies and procedures in place to protect the Justice Department from “accusations of political influence or partial application of the law.”