Poll: Nearly half of Americans think Trump committed a crime related to Russian election meddling

Nearly half of Americans believe President Trump likely committed a crime related to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to a new poll published Thursday.

Of the 49% of Americans that think Trump likely acted illegally, 30% hold the belief on suspicion alone while 19% think there’s already solid evidence to back it up, according to the Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The poll also found that more than half of Americans approve of the job Russia special counsel Robert Mueller is doing, while just over a quarter of Americans disapprove.

The survey of 714 Americans, conducted Oct. 30-Nov. 1, comes on the heels of Mueller’s team filing the first criminal charges in its investigation and confirming publicly for the first time that someone in Trump’s campaign sought an allegiance with Russians to gather “dirt” on his political rival.

The charges unsealed Monday included grand jury indictments of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates on charges that they secretly worked on behalf of pro-Russian factions in Ukraine, then laundered millions of dollars in profits through foreign bank accounts.