Polling editor says Trump base is responsive to claims Mueller probe is a 'witch hunt'

Morning Consult polling editor Cameron Easley on Monday said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests Sotomayor, Ginsburg should have to recuse themselves on 'Trump related' cases Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals MORE's political base is responsive to message that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's Russia investigation is a politically motivated "witch hunt." 

"What we've seen for some time now both in the president's strategy of how he's handling and the way his own base is responding to it is that he is just trying to discredit the probe as a wholly political thing that is just about the Democrats trying to undermine his own victory ," Easley told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

"We've seen a lot of data that shows that his base is responsive to that," he continued. 

Trump has repeatedly called the probe a "witch hunt" and a " hoax," saying that it is biased against him.

An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released last week found that 71 percent of Republicans said they believed the probe was a "witch hunt."

The president took to Twitter over the weekend and Monday amid of new filings released by Mueller in the federal Russia probe. 

Trump labeled Mueller as "conflicted" and "biased" before Mueller released the filings on Friday.


He lashed out again on Monday morning saying there was "no collusion" between his presidential campaign and Russia and accusing Democrats of calling a "private transaction" and campaign contribution.

— Julia Manchester