Poll: Nearly half say Trump will be cleared in Russia probe
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Almost half of voters in a new poll said they believe it is likely President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE will be cleared in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Forty-eight percent of voters in the Politico/Morning Consult poll said it is "very or somewhat likely" the president will be cleared of wrongdoing in the investigation, while 37 percent said "it's not too likely or not at all likely" the president will be exonerated. 

The poll comes as Mueller's probe moves closer to Trump's inner circle. 

Mueller has interviewed figures close to Trump such as White House communications director Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksThe Hill's 12:30 Report Trump’s first year in office was the year of the woman Hope Hicks to meet with House Intel in Russia probe: report MORE, former press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerTrump found 'SNL' impression of Sessions 'insulting': report GOP's Cramer won't run for ND Senate seat Fox News, CNN say they will not be hiring Stephen Bannon MORE and former chief of staff Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony Overnight Cybersecurity: House votes to renew NSA spying | Trump tweets spark confusion | Signs Russian hackers are targeting Olympics | Bannon expected to appear before House Intel panel Bannon to appear before House committee for Russia probe: report MORE

Reports surfaced this week that the president's lawyers have corresponded with FBI investigators about a potential interview between Trump and Mueller. 

Talks about the potential interview reportedly started after Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John Manafort'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Overnight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector Manafort associate Richard Gates no longer under home confinement MORE, was indicted last October. 

Manafort's business associate, Richard Gates, was also indicted as a part of the probe, while former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos and former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn seperately pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. 

The Politico/Morning Consult poll was conducted on Jan. 4-5, among 1,988 registered voters. Its margin of error is 2 percentage points.