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 TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE's political base is responsive to message that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' 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