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Poll: Majority backs Mueller investigation into collusion, hush money

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Nearly seven in ten Americans support Robert Mueller’s special counsel probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to an ABC News poll released Friday.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll, which was taken this week amid news that the FBI conducted a raid on Trump’s longtime personal attorney and fixer, finds that 69 percent of Americans support the broad mandate of Mueller’s overall investigation.

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And 58 percent say they support Mueller looking into the most recent allegations that Trump’s lawyer paid $130,000 in hush money to Stormy Daniels, an adult-film star who alleges a 2006 affair with the president.

Michael Cohen, the president’s lawyer who made the payment, has argued it did not constitute an unreported (and therefore illegal) campaign donation. 

According to the poll, just 33 percent of Americans now say Trump made the right decision last year when he fired former FBI Director James Comey, who has rocked the administration this week with claims in his soon-to-be-published book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.”

Forty-eight percent of Americans said they were more likely to trust the former FBI director over the president, while 32 percent said the opposite.

Forty-three percent of Republicans say they still support the special counsel investigation. 

The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted April 8-11 and contacted a random national sample of 1,002 adults. It carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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