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 TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' 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 (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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