Trump says 'The Witch Hunt Ends' after judge dismisses DNC lawsuit

President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE on Tuesday celebrated a federal judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) related to alleged interference in the 2016 campaign, calling it a "vindication & exoneration" and declaring "The Witch Hunt Ends!"

Trump praised Judge John Koeltl, a Clinton appointee, who ruled that the Trump officials named in the lawsuit were shielded from the allegations under the First Amendment, and that Russia could not be sued in the courts for the election interference.


"Wow! A federal Judge in the Southern District of N.Y. completely dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Democratic National Committee against our historic 2016 campaign for President," Trump tweeted, calling it "yet another total & complete vindication & exoneration from the Russian, WikiLeaks and every other form of HOAX perpetrated by the DNC, Radical Democrats and others."

"This is really big 'stuff' especially coming from a highly respected judge who was appointed by President Clinton," Trump added. "The Witch Hunt Ends!"

The DNC first filed its lawsuit in April 2018, alleging that the Trump campaign, WikiLeaks and the Russian government had conspired to interfere in the 2016 election.

The lawsuit cited a 2016 Trump Tower meeting among Trump campaign officials and highlighted a Russian attempt to hack a DNC back-up server one day after the meeting as potential evidence of coordination.

The judge wrote in his ruling that the DNC failed to provide evidence that the Trump campaign figures assisted in hacking the servers, and noted it is not illegal for the campaign to use materials published by WikiLeaks.

The ruling delivered a victory for Trump and his allies one week after former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE testified before two House panels about the ongoing threat of election meddling by Russia and other foreign entities.

He further testified that his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election did not exonerate Trump, and that Russia sought to aid the president during the campaign.

While Trump declared "The Witch Hunt Ends" on Tuesday, he still faces ongoing oversight investigations from congressional Democrats. A growing number of House Democrats have also come out in favor of an impeachment inquiry following Mueller's testimony.