Republican Voters Think Trump Is Being 'Delegitimized' in a Plan by the FBI and DOJ

President Donald Trump is being victimized by both the FBI and the Department of Justice, according to the majority of Republicans, who believe the Russia probe is an example of the departments attempting to “delegitimize” POTUS.

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll released in the wake of the Nunes memo shows that almost three in four Republican voters believe the president is a victim of a plan to undermine him; with voters’ attitudes on the investigation into alleged collusion between Trump’s team and Russia during the 2016 election unsurprisingly split down party lines.

Indeed, 73 percent of Republicans polled between February 3-5 believe “members of the FBI and Department of Justice are working to delegitimize Trump through politically motivated investigations,” Reuters reported respondents saying.

Conversely, just as many Democrats believe that “members of the Republican Party and the White House are working to delegitimize the FBI and DOJ in the investigation of Russian tampering in the 2016 presidential election.”

The poll does show a dip in confidence in U.S. law enforcement agencies from Republicans, Reuters reported, which marks an unusual distrust from GOP voters, who traditionally largely support such agencies.

Another poll, conducted on behalf of Axios by Survey Monkey last week revealed Republican voters were not happy with the FBI, with 47 percent of GOP voters polled between February 1-2 stating that they had an unfavorable view of the bureau, compared with the 38 percent who held a favorable view of the FBI.

President-Donald-Trump President Donald Trump boarding Air Force One on Friday for a weekend trip to Mar-a-Lago. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

It is quite a shift from a poll taken last month by Reuters that put Republican support for law enforcement agencies at 91 percent, and comes following the release of a memo by the House Intelligence Committee, which was drafted by the staff of Republican Representative Devin Nunes.

The memo alleges the FBI and Department of Justice did not provide adequate information to a judge when they sought to renew a court warrant for surveillance of Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign.

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