CNN Focus Group of Trump Voters: "Exactly What I Voted For"

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CNN's Martin Savidge holds a group of Trump supporters and asked them about the Russian investigation, the FBI, and Democrats. The panel included two white males, one black man, and a white female in Cedar Rapids.

"They don't believe in the investigation because they don't believe the investigators," Savidge said, describing the group.

He asked the group if they have faith in the FBI investigators and received a resounding: "Hell no."





"Do you think that the FBI has a political bias in this [investigation]?" Savidge posed to the group.

"I believe, yes," one man answered. "I want do preface by saying it's not the FBI, it's the leadership of the FBI that has politicized this. And in this situation, the people at the top of the food chain have decided they don't like the game. They're going to change it. They're going to play by their rules."

"No need to read the Democratic memo. I'm ready to move on as a country," another said.

"He's very transparent. He's open. He's -- I think we've talked before, he's not afraid," the woman supporter said.

"It's pretty clear from that conversation and from others that I've had with Trump voters that many of them believe that the Russia investigation is nothing more than a political scheme that was fabricated and now is being perpetuated by Democrats and others who just simply can't accept the fact that Donald Trump is president," a surprised Savidge said at the conclusion of the segment.

MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): In Cedar Rapids, they make Quaker Oats, and Iowa helps make presidents. In 2012, Obama won the state by nearly six points. In 2016, Trump won by nine.

I'm with four Trump voters, an aerobics instructor, a banker, a former baseball player and a salesman. President Trump's approval ratings with his base and these Iowans are sky high.

JASON NEIGHBOR, TRUMP SUPPORTER: I think exactly what I voted for, we wanted some -- a little bit of a change from what we had before.

SAVIDGE: These voters trust Trump but they do not trust the Russia investigation. They consider the whole thing a --

VINCENTE JAVIER, TRUMP SUPPORTER: Political witch hunt from the get- go. To be honest, it's a disgrace.

SAVIDGE: They don't believe in the investigation because they don't believe the investigators. (on camera): Do you have faith in the FBI?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hell no.

SAVIDGE: No?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, absolutely.

SAVIDGE: Do you think that the FBI has a political bias in this --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I believe, yes.

KEVIN SLAMAN, TRUMP SUPPORTER: I want do preface by saying it's not the FBI, it's the leadership of the FBI --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Agree.

SLAMAN: -- that has politicized this. And in this situation, the people at the top of the food chain have decided they don't like the game. They're going to change it. They're going to play by their rules.

SAVIDGE (voice-over): They see nothing wrong with President Trump questioning the allegiance of Justice Department officials, even though a recent poll found two-thirds of voters did think that was wrong.

RENEE NEIGHBOR, TRUMP SUPPORTER: I think it gives him an idea of where people are coming from.

SAVIDGE (on camera): Where they stand?

R. NEIGHBOR: Where they stand. Exactly.

[19:45:01] And why -- like you said, why wouldn't you want to know?

SAVIDGE (voice-over): Do they believe the president has attempted to derail or obstruct the Russia investigation?

JAVIER: No, no. He said bring it on.

SAVIDGE: They all knew of the Nunes memo, but are divided on the Democrat memo?

(on camera): Do you want to see that as well?

SLAMAN: Yes. Yes, full transparency.

JASON NEIGHBOR, TRUMP SUPPORTER: No need to read the Democratic memo. I'm ready to move on as a country.

SAVIDGE (voice-over): I ask if they thought Trump should agree to be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller.

(on camera): Is that a good idea?

R. NEIGHBOR: He's very transparent. He's open. He's -- I think we've talked before, he's not afraid.

SLAMAN: Not under a subpoena or if it was not under oath.

SAVIDGE (voice-over): Ironically, even though this Trump voters think the Russia investigation is seriously flawed, they want to see it through.

(on camera): So, you don't want to see Mueller fired?

SLAMAN: No, let it run the course. They're doing the right thing. Let it run it course, because the truth will come out.

SAVIDGE: It's pretty clear from that conversation and from others that I've had with Trump voters that many of them believe that the Russia investigation is nothing more than a political scheme that was fabricated and now is being perpetuated by Democrats and others who just simply can't accept the fact that Donald Trump is president.

Martin Savidge, CNN, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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