Two-thirds want Mueller to end Russian Federation probe before midterms

Two-thirds want Mueller to end Russian Federation probe before midterms

She was one of the first judges Trump placed into a federal court position.

Lawyers representing Paul Manafort, who served as Donald Trump's campaign manager in 2016 and is now standing trial on charges of tax and bank fraud in Virginia, have also argued that Mueller's appointment was unlawful. By contrast, 56% believe what Trump has said about the investigation is either mostly or completely false.nearly 80% of Democrats say that the investigation into Russian interference will be either extremely or very important to their votes for Congress this fall.

Only 34 percent of Americans approve of Trump's handling of the Russian Federation investigation, vs. 55 percent who disapprove.

Trump's overall 42% approval rating outpaces Jimmy Carter's and Bill Clinton's ratings of 39% each in the August of their second year in office, and even narrowly tops Ronald Reagan's 41% rating in August of 1982.

Of those questioned, 70% believe the president should testify before Mueller, while the former FBI director has enjoyed a sizable bump in the polls, with 47% now saying they approve of his handling of the Russian Federation investigation, up from 41% in June. That shift stems from a shift among Democrats - nearly three-quarters now approve of Mueller's work, 72%, up 10 points since June.

This is just the latest time that this argument against Mueller's appointment has failed.

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Democrats are more apt than Republicans to think Mueller shouldn't aim to wrap it up before the elections (34% of Democrats say so vs. 24% of independents and 23% of Republicans), but majorities across parties say he ought to try to complete the investigation before voters head to the polls (72% of Republicans, 57% of Democrats and 69% of independents). That's hardly any sort of endorsement - ringing or otherwise - of Trump's long-held position that the entire probe is a witch hunt for which he is entirely blameless and which is exclusively the result of disgruntled Democrats who can't get over losing what they believed to be a sure-thing election.

"Because if you look at any question in the CNN poll - other than the one about when people want the probe to end - and you see piece after piece of evidence that Trump is losing the public relations war on Russia".

56 percent say Trump has interfered with the investigation, vs. only 38 percent who say he has not.

57 percent say Trump knew about contacts between his campaign operatives and Russians, vs. only 36 percent who say he did not.

CNN's poll was conducted between August 9-12 and contacted 1,002 US adults.

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