Most say Manhattan DA’s Trump hush money probe prompted by politics: poll

A majority of Americans believe the Manhattan District Attorney's investigation into former President Donald Trump's hush money payments was politically motivated, according to a new poll released Monday.

The poll, conducted by the Morning Consult and Politico, found that 62 percent of Americans believe the probe was launched by District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. to settle political scores. Only 22 percent of respondents said they believed the inquiry was motivated by non-political factors.

The investigation, which began in 2018, centered around payments made by Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen to two women who allege they had affairs with Trump prior to his presidency. Trump has maintained that the payments were not related to his campaign and were instead meant to keep the women quiet about their alleged affairs.

The poll comes as Vance's office is requesting Trump's tax returns and other financial records as part of the investigation. Trump has pushed back against the request, arguing in court filings that the investigation is politically motivated and an attempt to damage his reputation.

The poll also found that a majority of Americans believe that the president should be legally accountable for his actions, regardless of whether or not he is in office. Nearly 60 percent of respondents said that Trump should be held accountable if he is found to have broken the law.

The findings of the poll suggest that a majority of Americans view the Manhattan District Attorney's investigation as a politically motivated hit job. It remains to be seen whether the probe will yield any tangible results or legal consequences for the former president.