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Majority Wants Probe Of Trump's Alleged Russian Ties

| by Jordan Smith

More than one-half of Americans believe Congress should examine President Donald Trump's alleged ties with Russia.

The poll conducted by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal found 53 percent of respondents in favor of a congressional investigation.

The same poll showed 54 percent calling for a probe to look into Russia's alleged involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Of those polled, 25 percent were opposed to an investigation.

The poll returned significant differences along party lines. While 80 percent of Democrats backed an inquiry into any ties between Trump associates and Russia, only 25 percent of Republicans did so.

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Figures were similar on the issue of a wider investigation into Russian involvement in the election, with 84 percent of Democrats in favor but only 25 percent of Republicans.

Trump has dismissed the need for an investigation and warned against leaking information to the media.

"The FBI is totally unable to stop the national security 'leakers' that have permeated our government for a long time. They can't even find the leakers within the FBI itself. Classified information is being given to media that could have a devastating effect on U.S. FIND NOW," Trump tweeted Feb. 24, reports Reuters.

The FBI is already looking into communications between Trump's campaign team and Russia.

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The Senate Intelligence Committee is examining alleged Russian involvement in the election.

Leading Democrats back the investigations.

"There are investigations that are going on and those investigations must find out exactly what Russia was doing in the United States," Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland said.

"We need a complete investigation and we certainly don't want the White House at all trying to influence that investigation," he added.

Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee are cooperating with Democrats in the investigation.

"All of it that can possibly become public will and should be public," said Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, according to the Chicago Tribune.

This was backed up by Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.

"We will get to the bottom of this," Collins said. "I will encourage that there'll be some public hearings as well as the closed hearings that we're doing now, and that we issue a report."

Sources: NBC News, Reuters, Chicago Tribune / Photo credit: Staff of the President of the United States/Wikimedia Commons

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