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 TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short MORE's political base is responsive to message that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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