Two new polls confirm that Americans don't trust Trump's denials, but they do trust Mueller.
Trump uncorked his latest bout of rage over the encroaching Russia scandal on Tuesday morning — while watching Fox News. The mini-meltdown ended an uncharacteristically quiet stretch of Twitter for Trump.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 27, 2018
Trump’s lashing out once again (No collusion!) comes as two new national polls indicate that the Russia story continues to slip away from the White House’s grasp.
“Americans have more trust in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation than they do in President Trump’s denials of collusion,” USA Today reports. “A 58% majority say they have a lot or some trust in Mueller’s investigation, while a 57% majority say they have little or no trust in Trump’s denials.”
Nearly 7 in 10 say they believe Russians made a serious effort to meddle in the 2016 election. Not only that, but Americans are now evenly split on whether Russia interference changed the outcome of the 2016 election, according to USA Today.
That’s a claim that seems to drive Trump to complete distraction — that he wouldn’t be president if not for Russian interference.
Meanwhile, a new CNN poll tells the same story: Most Americans think Trump isn’t doing enough to protect American elections from future Russian interference.
Just 30 percent approve of how Trump is handling the Russia investigation, the lowest level in CNN polling by one point. At the same time, a new high-point was reached in the CNN poll in terms of the percentage of people who think Trump has tried to interfere with Russia investigation — 55 percent.
The two polls follow news that Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals for meddling in the 2016 presidential election, including spreading false information on social media and organizing political events.
News also came last week that former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates had cut a deal with Mueller and is now cooperating with the investigation.
No matter how many times Trump and Republicans attack the FBI, now matter how many weeks they spent hyping the dopey so-called Nunes memo, and no matter how many distractions they mount, they remain incapable of influencing public opinion on Mueller.
Instead, the more Americans hear about the unfolding investigation, the more concerns they have about Russian meddling. And the less they believe Trump’s denials.
Mueller will likely deliver to Congress a final report on his findings. And if there’s strong public consensus regarding wrongdoing, it will be difficult for the GOP to wave away the allegations as partisan or frivolous.
And that’s why the White House panic mounts.