Trump: Approval Rating Would Be 75% Without ‘Russia Witch Hunt’

Saagar Enjeti | White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump accused special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of presidential harassment and hindering his approval ratings in a Thursday morning tweet.

Trump referenced the Rasmussen daily tracking poll of his approval rating, which found him at 50 percent Wednesday with a slight drop to 49 percent Thursday. The president’s most recent peak was at 51 percent on Nov. 21. (RELATED: TRUMP: MICHAEL COHEN SHOULD GO TO JAIL)

U.S. President Donald Trump gives two thumbs up as he talks about the arrest of a bombing suspect sought in connection with packages sent to Democratic political figures and critics of the president during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 26, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. President Donald Trump gives two thumbs up as he talks about the arrest of a bombing suspect sought in connection with packages sent to Democratic political figures and critics of the president during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 26, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Trump’s use of the term presidential harassment harkens to his characterization of planned Democratic congressional investigations into his administration. The president maintains that Mueller’s team is unfairly targeting him and his associates both from the 2016 presidential campaign and within his administration.

The president’s comments come as Mueller’s office has begun releasing some sentencing information in relation to his probe. Mueller’s office released a sentencing memo for former national security adviser Mike Flynn Tuesday evening recommending he serve no time in prison.

Flynn pled guilty to making false statements to Mueller’s team and spent hours in conversations with federal investigators.

Former U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn departs after a plea hearing at U.S. District Court, in Washington, U.S., December 1, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Mueller is expected to release more information in the coming days regarding cooperation of Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen and his former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

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