>> President Trump lobbing more unsubstantiated charges as he tries to sow doubts about the Russia probe. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Trump is stepping up his attacks against Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as he investigates his campaign's ties to Russia, saying that Mueller's team may be trying to tip the upcoming congressional elections to favor the Democrats.
Now this is a serious charge, and Trump is providing no evidence to back it up, just as he has provided no evidence to back up his prior attacks on the Mueller investigation. But that may be beside the point. If Trump can convince his supporters that Mueller's probe is nothing more than a witch hunt, as he calls it, then from a political standpoint, the actual facts may not matter so much.
Trump saying on Twitter that Mueller's investigation, quote, will be meddling with the mid-term elections, building on his unfounded charge that the FBI had planted a spy in his presidential campaign. Democrats who've been briefed on the matter say there's no basis for the spying accusation.>> There's no collusion.
No collusion. There is no collusion.>> Reuters Ipsos polling finds the public sharply divided when it comes to the Russia probe. Roughly 80% of those who voted for Trump don't think that Mueller will uncover any evidence of illegal ties between his team and Russia. Among those who voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton, it's the opposite.
Nearly 90% think that the probe will turn up criminal activity. Those stark divisions are certain to come into play when Mueller concludes his probe. Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, making clear on Sunday that the goal is to undermine the legitimacy of the investigation, saying on CNN that they're trying to shape public opinion because, quote, eventually the decision here is going to be impeach or not impeach.
This is an important point. Democratic leaders have tried to play down the possibility of impeachment. But Giuliani and other Republicans are playing up that possibility. They clearly see this as a political as well as a legal fight, and they're doing everything they can to win.