Like with the Senate and media, I don't think people genuinely believed her. They pretended to do to try to help damage Kavanaugh. Plenty will probably admit now they think she was lying when she's no longer of use. This Russian hoax bullshit is the same. I don't believe anyone in the media or Congress actually believes it. It's just a way to damage Trump in their mind and they are blind to the damage they are doing to any future POTUS and respect for the government.