Political reporter says Russia probe could galvanize Dems ahead of 2020

Morning consult reporter Eli Yokley said on Friday that the Russia probe and other investigations surrounding President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE will likely galvanize Democratic voters ahead of the 2020 presidential elections. 

"I don't imagine Democrats getting less fired up than they were in 2018," Yokley told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking."

"I can only imagine them getting more fired up, and I think that the driving force for the Democratic Party in the next couple of years is beating Donald Trump." 

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation into Russia's election meddling has dominated the news cycle due to a series of bombshell news reports. 

BuzzFeed News reported late on Thursday that federal investigators have proof that President Trump directed his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to construct a Trump property in Moscow. 

Other news outlets have not confirmed the report, however, and the White House has deemed the report categorically false.

— Julia Manchester