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Poll: Majority of Americans don’t know Mueller probe has uncovered crimes


More than half of Americans are not aware that special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has uncovered crimes, according to a new survey from the progressive group Navigator.

The poll found that 59 percent of those surveyed by the left-leaning pollsters believe Mueller has not discovered any crimes, while 41 percent believe that he has.

Navigator is a group comprised of Democratic strategists and pollsters. Its polling project is focused on sharpening the midterm message against President Trump and Republicans. 

Mueller’s investigation has issued 17 criminal indictments and has gotten five guilty pleas. Those who have pleaded guilty to crimes include former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign aides Richard Gates and George Papadopoulos.


President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is among those who have been indicted.

The Navigator poll also found that nearly all of those surveyed have at least heard of the Mueller investigation. Forty-nine percent said they’ve heard a lot about it, while 32 percent said they’ve heard some, 15 percent said they’ve heard a little, and just 3 percent said they’ve heard nothing about the probe.

Trump has stepped up his attacks on the Mueller probe in recent days. He targeted rumors, in a tweet on Wednesday, that there was a spy placed in his campaign.

The president tweeted that the “Criminal Deep State” is “caught in a major SPY scandal the likes of which this country may never have seen before!” Trump tweeted.

His tweets came after a meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, after Trump demanded an investigation into the surveillance of his campaign.

The Department of Justice earlier this week asked its inspector general to look into whether the FBI surveilled Trump’s campaign.

The Global Strategy Group conducted the survey among a sample of 1,219 registered voters from May 11-16.

Updated at 5:35 p.m

Tags Donald Trump George Papadopoulos Mueller investigation Paul Manafort Robert Mueller Rod Rosenstein Russia probe Special counsel spy Survey Trump tweets

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