Most Americans say President Donald Trump’s public statements on the probe have not been truthful, according to new CNN poll released Thursday.
A whopping 63 percent of respondents said they believe the things Trump has said publicly about Russian interference are false, while just 35 percent think his comments are true, according to the poll.
The poll also found that a majority of Americans disapprove of President Trump’s handling of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election
The survey, conducted by SSRS Dec. 14-17, showed 56 percent of Americans disapprove of the president’s handling of the ongoing Russia investigations, while 32 percent approve.
The same poll found higher approval ratings for Mueller’s handling of the investigation, with 47 percent of Americans giving the special counsel positive marks. Thirty-four percent disapprove of Mueller’s handling of the probe.
Republicans have in recent weeks increased claims of bias within Mueller’s probe, pointing to anti-Trump text messages sent by an FBI agent who was fired from Mueller’s team over the summer.
On Wednesday, Politico reported that a group of Republican members of the House intelligence committee, led by Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has been secretly working parallel to the committee’s high-profile inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election in a concert effort to discredit the FBI as corrupt and undermine the Russia probe.”
Trump has called Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt” and has insisted there was no collusion.