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Poll: 50 Percent Say Mueller Investigation Is ‘Witch Hunt’

Robert Mueller on Capitol Hill in 2011. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

50 percent of adults surveyed in an astonishing new USA Today/Suffolk University poll say that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is a “witch hunt” and believe that President Trump has been the target of more investigative scrutiny than other presidents because of his politics.

The poll shows that trust in the president has increased as well. A majority of 52 percent still say they have little or no trust in Trump’s insistence that his campaign did not collude with Russia during the 2016 campaign season, but that number is down from 59 percent in December.

Support for impeachment has faltered as well, with 62 percent saying the House should not impeach Trump compared to just 28 percent who want the lower chamber to seriously consider doing so. Democratic speaker Nancy Pelosi came out against the idea last week, telling the Washington Post, “Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country.”

Mueller’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties to Moscow is approaching the two-year mark, and recent reports have indicated that he is likely winding it down and preparing to submit a final report to Attorney General William Barr. His team has already indicted 34 individuals for a variety of crimes, including former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who was sentenced to over seven years behind bars for bank and tax fraud and criminal conspiracy, and Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who struck a plea deal with the special counsel and has been sentenced to three years in prison for financial crimes.

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