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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 SwalwellKey House chairman cautions against remote voting, suggests other options amid coronavirus outbreak House Democrats plead with key committee chairman to allow remote voting amid coronavirus pandemic Congress tiptoes toward remote voting MORE (D-Calif.), Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump defends firing of intel watchdog, calling him a 'disgrace' Democrats seize on Trump's firing of intelligence community watchdog Trump fires intelligence community watchdog who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint MORE (D-Calif) and Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHouse Judiciary Committee postpones hearing with Barr amid coronavirus outbreak House Democrats plead with key committee chairman to allow remote voting amid coronavirus pandemic Pelosi rejects calls to shutter Capitol: 'We are the captains of this ship' 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 RosensteinFull appeals court to rehear case over McGahn subpoena Graham starts closed-door depositions in FISA probe Attorney General Barr is in a mess — and has no one to blame but himself 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 TrumpCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Outgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump hits Illinois governor after criticism: 'I hear him complaining all the time' 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 SandersCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Cuomo's been good, but he's not going to be the Democratic nominee Does Joe Biden really want to be president? 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 HarrisWhy Gretchen Whitmer's stock is rising with Team Biden Enlisting tech to fight coronavirus sparks surveillance fears Biden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats 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.