Trump campaign slams Dems for 'collusion hoax'

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) Swan MuellerJeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House panel debates articles of impeachment Trump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts 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.” 

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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 Edward 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 SwalwellLive coverage: House panel debates articles of impeachment Lawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Trump: Fox News 'panders' to Democrats by having on liberal guests MORE (D-Calif.), Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffMcConnell, White House lawyer huddle on impeachment strategy House GOP lawmaker wants Senate to hold 'authentic' impeachment trial Live coverage: House panel debates articles of impeachment MORE (D-Calif) and Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerJudiciary members battle over whether GOP treated fairly in impeachment hearings Live coverage: House panel debates articles of impeachment House passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers 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 RosensteinRosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe Judge rules former WH counsel McGahn must testify under subpoena 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 John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day 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 SandersSaagar Enjeti says Buttigieg's release of McKinsey client list shows he 'caved to public pressure' Sanders endorses Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur for Katie Hill's former House seat Biden hires Clinton, O'Rourke alum as campaign's digital director 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 Devi HarrisOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — House passes sweeping Pelosi bill to lower drug prices | Senate confirms Trump FDA pick | Trump officials approve Medicaid work requirements in South Carolina Sanders endorses Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur for Katie Hill's former House seat Kamala Harris dropped out, but let's keep her mental health plan alive 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.