• Voters believe Trump should not grant clemency to his three children and his personal lawyer
  • Trump worries the Biden administration would "seek retribution"
  • Giuliani was previously investigated for his connections in Ukraine

A slim majority of American voters believe potential pardons for President Donald Trump’s family members would be “inappropriate.”

Roughly half of voters found that granting pardons for campaign lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Trump family members, including Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric, is wrong, according to a Morning Consult poll published Wednesday.

The poll, which was conducted between Dec. 4 through 6, interviewed 1,990 registered voters. Among all voters, 51% said Ivanka should not be pardoned, 24% said it would be appropriate, while another 24% said they had no opinion.

Fifty-four percent of all voters also said granting Don Jr. clemency is unseemly, compared to the 24% who said they approve of a pardon.

Donald Trump Jr. had been under investigation by former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III for his contacts with the Russians. The younger Trump allegedly communicated with the Russians, who offered damaging information on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election. He was neverr charged.

Among all registered voters, 52% said Eric Trump, the president’s older son, should be pardoned, while 48% believes Giuliani should be protected from prosecution.

Trump’s three eldest children have joined his lawyer in repeatedly echoing the president’s allegatios of widespread election fraud.

The survey comes after Trump had reportedly talked about granting pre-emptive pardons to his children and his personal lawyer last week, two people familiar with the conversations told The New York Times.

The president has voiced his concerns that a Justice Department under President-elect Joe Biden’s administration may seek “retribution” and “target” his three eldest children.

It is unclear why Trump is concerned about potential investigations on Eric and Ivanka Trump. A Manhattan district attorney recently launched an investigation into the Trump Organization.

The probe found the company had paid millions of dollars in consulting fee to Ivanka, CBS News reported.

The first daughter responded to the parallel criminal probe, calling it “harassment” and “ruthless.”

“This is harassment pure and simple. This ‘inquiry’ by NYC democrats is 100% motivated by politics, publicity and rage. They know very well that there’s nothing here and that there was no tax benefit whatsoever. These politicians are simply ruthless,” she wrote on Twitter.

Giuliani’s potential criminal exposure also remains unclear. Federal prosecutors had investigated Trump’s lawyer this summer over his business dealings in Ukraine that led to the American ambassador's ousting.

Time is running out on US President Donald Trump's bid to overturn the November election result
Time is running out on US President Donald Trump's bid to overturn the November election result AFP / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS