President Trump's campaign took a victory lap on Sunday after Attorney General William Barr said the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election found no evidence that the campaign conspired or coordinated with the Kremlin.
The campaign released a video shortly after Barr delivered a summary of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate 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 MORE's findings that highlighted past statements from prominent Democrats in which they argued there was existing evidence of collusion.
"Dems hyped collusion with no evidence,” the ad reads. “Mueller proves them wrong.”
The 40-second video, titled "Collusion Hoax!" proceeds to show brief, edited clips of Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Democratic National Commitee Chairman Tom PerezThomas PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE and Reps. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellSwalwell slams House Republican for touting funding in bill she voted down There's no such thing as 'absolute immunity' for former presidents The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden strategizes with Senate Dems MORE (D-Calif.), Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffMask rules spark political games and a nasty environment in the House CIA says 'Havana syndrome' unlikely a result of 'worldwide campaign' by foreign power The Hill's Morning Report - Biden to make voting rights play in Atlanta MORE (D-Calif) and Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerAndrew Cuomo attorney says AG investigation was 'shoddy,' outcome was 'predetermined' Democrats quietly explore barring Trump from office over Jan. 6 The Memo: Nation's racial reckoning plays out in 2021's big trials MORE (D-N.Y.) appearing on news shows in recent months declaring that there was evidence of collusion involving the campaign.
The video also sought to fundraise off of Mueller's findings, urging supporters to text "WITCHHUNT" to the campaign in order to contribute money or be added to a mailing list. The campaign also sent a text to supporters seeking donations.
In addition to addressing the matter of collusion, Barr wrote that Mueller made no conclusion as to whether Trump obstructed justice in the investigation of Russian interference, but that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE determined that there was no obstruction of justice charge.
Still, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale issued a statement that echoed comments from the president and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, declaring Trump had been "fully vindicated" by the special counsel's report.
"Nevertheless, Democrats took us on a frantic, chaotic, conspiracy-laden roller coaster for two years, alleging wrongdoing where there was none," he said. "So distraught and blindsided by the results of the 2016 elections, Democrats lied to the American people continually, hoping to undo the legitimate election of President TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE."
The campaign's efforts to seize on Mueller's findings provide a preview of a likely line of attack from the president as he hits the trail in support of his reelection bid in 2020. The president has a rally scheduled for Thursday night in Michigan.
Several Democrats seeking the party's nomination to challenge Trump in 2020 weighed in shortly after Barr's summary was published, calling for Mueller's full findings to be made public.
"I don’t want a summary of the Mueller report," Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows - Russia standoff over Ukraine dominates Sanders says Biden can't count on him to support 'almost any' spending package compromise Sanders says Republicans are 'laughing all the way to Election Day' MORE (I-Vt.) tweeted. "I want the whole damn report."
"The Mueller report needs to be made public, the underlying investigative materials should be handed over to Congress, and Barr must testify," Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTo stabilize Central America, the US must craft better incentives for trade Majority in new poll say US headed in wrong direction Biden says Roe v. Wade under attack like 'never before' MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted. "That is what transparency looks like. A short letter from Trump's hand-picked Attorney General is not sufficient."
Nadler and Blumenthal, who were featured in the Trump campaign's video, were among the numerous other Democrats who indicated that the full Mueller report should be made available to get an unbaised understanding of the special counsel's findings.