President Trump’s hammering on the FBI — and green-lighting yesterday of the Russia memo’s release over Bureau objections — is having a profound effect:
A SurveyMonkey poll for Axios finds that not even 40% of Republicans approve of America’s main federal law enforcement agency — a stunning turn for the law-and-order party.
Be smart: The stark new Republican skepticism of the FBI means that Trump has succeeded in preemptively undermining the findings of special counsel Bob Mueller.
– Many Republicans will now see Mueller’s report or recommendations as a political document, and the conservative media will portray it that way.
– It’s the great muddying we have been telling you about since December.
– This is a massive swing from the initial bipartisan accolades for Mueller.
– When the special counsel was named last May, Newt Gingrich tweeted: “Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity. Media should now calm down.”
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