By Chip McLean

(Daily Wire) — The growing controversy over possible collusion — not that collusion, internal FBI collusion — is beginning to play out in public perception of the bureau’s investigations related to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. And things are trending in a bad direction for Democrats.

Rasmussen’s new survey of Likely U.S. Voters (conducted Jan 22-23) found that a majority suspect that bureau officials deliberately destroyed evidence that could potentially expose political bias influencing its much-criticized Clinton investigation and the eventual Trump-Russia “collusion” probe. A plurality are now calling for a special prosecutor to look into potential bias at work in the once widely trusted bureau.

Asked if they believed the mysteriously missing text messages was a cover-up, 58% of the 1,000 likely voters surveyed by Rasmussen said yes. Here’s Rasmussen’s breakdown:

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of all voters think it is likely that the FBI or the agent in question destroyed those messages to hide something from investigators. Thirty percent (30%) consider that unlikely. This includes 40% who say it’s Very Likely the messages were deliberately destroyed versus 13% who say it’s Not At All Likely. Another 13% are not sure.

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Chip McLean is the founder and editor/publisher of Outsider News Publishing, the umbrella for Capitol Hill Outsider, Capitol Hill Coffee House and Rino Tracker (co-founded with Chris Adamo). Chip is a former broadcaster and long time sales professional whose interest in politics began in 1964 at the age of eight, when his parents took him to a Barry Goldwater rally during the presidential campaign. He identifies himself as a “constitutionalist” and started the “Outsider” as a response to an out-of-control federal government that has seen both major parties disregard the very document they are sworn to uphold. In addition to his work at Outsider News Publishing, Chip’s columns have appeared in a number of online publications, including NewsWithViews, Canada Free Press and Renew America.