Most Americans doubt trump while approval of Mueller grows

As they should, trump officials have been caught lying repeatedly on the Russian Connection, a couple have already pleaded guilty and more will likely follow including trump himself.

More Americans say they approve of how special counsel Robert Mueller is handling the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election than say they disapprove, a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS has found, while most Americans say President Donald Trump's public statements on the probe have not been truthful. Nearly half of Americans, 47%, say they approve of Mueller's handling of the probe into Russia's involvement in the presidential race and the possibility of collusion with the Trump campaign, which recently struck a plea deal with former national security adviser Michael Flynn. One third of Americans, 34%, say they disapprove. Nearly 1 in 5 people, 19%, are undecided on Mueller's work so far. But a majority of Americans say they disapprove of Trump's handling of the same investigation, while just a third say they approve — a result that has held fairly steady over the last five months of CNN surveys. Approval on the Russia investigation for both Mueller and Trump is largely divided along party lines. More than 6 in 10 Democrats, 63%, say they approve of Mueller's handling of the probe, but more Republicans disapprove than approve by a 46% to 31%. A quarter of Republicans, 23%, say they don't know. Notably, a majority of Americans who approve of Trump's overall job performance, 53%, say they disapprove of Mueller's handling of the probe.

Fascinating interview, worth the listen and I believe it has direct connections to the Mueller and Republican, trumpian, efforts to undermine our government’s checks and balances, which I think is the heart of this thread.

Mark Warner: ‘We’ve Had New Information That Raises More Questions’ The top Democrat on the Senate's Russia investigation says he's worried about what he's just learned. By SUSAN B. GLASSER | January 29, 2018 Congress late last year received “extraordinarily important new documents" in its investigation of President Donald Trump and his campaign’s possible collusion with the 2016 Russian election hacking, opening up significant new lines of inquiry in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s probe of the president, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) says in an exclusive new interview. Warner, the intel committee’s top Democrat, says “end-of-the-year document dumps" produced “very significant" revelations that “opened a lot of new questions" that Senate investigators are now looking into, meaning the inquiry into Trump and the Russia hacking— already nearly a year old—will not be finished for months longer. “We’ve had new information that raises more questions," Warner says in the interview, an extensive briefing on the state of the Senate’s Trump-Russia probe for The Global Politico, our weekly podcast on world affairs. ... Warner also warns about a “coordinated" attack by the president and “Trump zealots" in the House of Representatives to undermine the legitimacy of the investigations against him, an effort Warner says includes the president’s threats to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and other officials as well as a secret Republican memo alleging “shocking" FBI surveillance abuse against Trump that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) is now threatening to release. Warner calls out Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, in arguably more explicit terms than any Democrat has yet, saying he has read the underlying classified material used in the memo and that Nunes misrepresented it as part of a McCarthyite “secret Star Chamber" effort to discredit the FBI probe of the president. “We’re seeing this coordinated effort to try to impede the investigation," Warner says. The Nunes memo, which is apparently drawn from information contained in the same late-2017 document dumps that have caused the Senate panel to expand its inquiry, is based on “fabrications" and “connecting dots that don’t connect," Warner asserts. ...
House GOP won't show secret Russia memo to Justice Department Claiming abuses by Justice Department and FBI officials, Republicans say they should not be shown the document. By KYLE CHENEY 01/22/2018 House Republicans have refused to share with the Justice Department a secret memo alleging misconduct by federal officials investigating the 2016 Trump campaign’s Russia ties, even as they build a case that President Donald Trump should authorize the memo's public release. An official at the Justice Department, helmed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy Rod Rosenstein, confirmed to POLITICO on Monday that the department has requested access to the classified document but has not been able to see it. The FBI, too, has been denied access to the document Sources familiar with the memo, which was compiled by aides to House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes, say it claims that senior FBI officials abused a secret surveillance program, commonly known as FISA, to target the Trump campaign last fall. According to three people who have viewed it, the memo suggests that FBI agents seeking a fall 2016 warrant to surveil Trump campaign adviser Carter Page concealed the role a controversial private dossier alleging Kremlin influence over Trump played in their decision.