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 TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE will be cleared in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump 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. 

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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 ManafortDOJ backs ex-Trump campaign aide Richard Gates's probation request Former FBI general counsel wants apology from Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - Democrats to release articles of impeachment today 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.