Nov 2, 2017

58% of Americans approve of Mueller's Russia probe

Nearly half of those surveyed believe Trump likely committed a crime. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

Per a new Washington Post/ABC News poll of 1,005 people, 58% of Americans approve of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, and 49% believe President Trump likely committed a crime.

Behind the numbers: Among the 58% of respondents who approve of the probe, 78% are Democrats, 56% are Independents, and 38% are Republicans.

More from the poll:

  • Among the 49% who believe Trump is at fault, 61% say they only suspect that he committed a crime and 39% think there has been solid evidence of it.
  • Of those surveyed, 28% say they disapprove of the way Mueller is handling the investigation and 44% believe it's unlikely that Trump committed a crime.
  • Do you approve of the charges against Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, in the Russia probe? 68% say yes; 16% say no
  • Is Trump cooperating with Mueller? 37% say yes; 51% say no
  • Was involvement with Russians limited to Manafort and Papadopulous? 28% say yes; 53% suspect broader wrongdoing

The backdrop: Trump said Wednesday that he's "not under investigation" and he's "not angry" in a call with NYT reporters. And Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday the media is "completely obsessed" with the Russia probe, while "most Americans don't care" too much.

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DOJ watchdog finds flaws in FBI surveillance process beyond Page application

Carter Page. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Justice Department inspector general found errors in 29 out of 29 randomized FBI applications for acquiring wiretap warrants through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, according to a report released Tuesday.

Why it matters: The broad DOJ audit of the FISA program stems from a damning investigation into the FBI's surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, which uncovered "serious performance failures" by some FBI officials during the Russia probe. The IG's final findings come as Congress debates whether to renew the authority it grants to the FISA courts.

Coronavirus dashboard

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  4. Federal government latest: The White House and other institutions are observing several models to better understand and prepare cities for when the coronavirus is expected to peak in the U.S.
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U.S. coronavirus updates: White House studies models projecting virus peak

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The White House and other institutions are observing several models to better understand and prepare cities for when the coronavirus is expected to peak in the U.S.

The state of play: The coronavirus is expected to peak in the U.S. in two weeks, but many states like Virginia and Maryland will see their individual peaks well after that, according to a model by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

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