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 MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network 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 SwalwellDemocratic lawmaker: Expelling Turkey from NATO 'should be on the table' Top State Department official arrives for testimony in impeachment probe 2020 Presidential Candidates MORE (D-Calif.), Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats see John Bolton as potential star witness Top State Department official arrives for testimony in impeachment probe The Hill's Morning Report - Trump grapples with Turkey controversy MORE (D-Calif) and Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBarr to speak at Notre Dame law school on Friday The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Ignore the hype — this is not an impeachment inquiry 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 RosensteinTrump attacks Sessions: A 'total disaster' and 'an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama' Mueller rejoins DC law firm Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it 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 TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? 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 SandersWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio New study: Full-scale 'Medicare for All' costs trillion over 10 years 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 HarrisWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Warren leads in speaking time during debate 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.