New polling indicates that a majority of registered voters do not believe the investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election will result in the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
The data also suggest that a majority of voters are not convinced the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials to influence the election.
On May 18, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to head the Department of Justice investigation of alleged Russian interference in the presidential race. The probe will also examine whether members of the Trump campaign had colluded with Russian officials to help tilt the election in their candidate's favor, CNN reports.
On May 22, a Harvard-Harris survey found that only 41 percent of registered voters believed the DOJ probe would result in Trump's impeachment, while 59 percent said it would simply put the questions about Russia to rest. 75 percent of respondents supported Mueller's appointment, The Hill reports.
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The survey found that a majority of American voters wouldn't be so likely to take that bet, partly because they are not convinced that collusion has occurred. Only 48 percent of respondents believed that Trump campaign officials had colluded with the Russian government, while 52 percent did not believe that was the case.
Breaking down the data, Democratic respondents were the most suspicious of the Trump campaign -- 74 percent said there was evidence of collusion, while only 38 percent of independents agreed. Meanwhile, 80 percent of Republican respondents said there was no such evidence.
On May 23, former CIA Director John Brennan testified before the House Intelligence Committee that he'd seen intelligence during the 2016 election that left him concerned members of the Trump campaign had been recruited by Russian intelligence, Politico reports.
"I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign... And it raised questions in my mind again whether or not the Russians were able to gain the cooperation of those individuals," Brennan said.
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The former CIA director added that he had not seen evidence of collusion, but called the federal probe into the matter "certainly well founded and needed to look into these issues."