Exclusive poll: GOP turns on FBI

Source: Washington Examiner | February 2, 2018 | Mike Allen, Jonathan Swan

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.

Opinion of the FBI by Party

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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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