Trump campaign asks TV producers to challenge past guests who said there was 'evidence of collusion'

The Trump campaign on Monday called on various TV producers to challenge their guests' "outlandish, false" accusations about alleged collusion between Trump's associates and Russia now that the claim has "proven to be false."

Tim Murtaugh, the director of communications for Trump's campaign, made the request in an email just a day after Attorney General William Barr said that the special counsel investigation did not uncover evidence to conclude the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. The Trump campaign confirmed the email's authenticity to The Hill.

Murtaugh seized on several talking points from people such as Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerThis week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Congress set for clash over surveillance reforms Trump adviser presses House investigators to make Bezos testify MORE (D-N.Y.), Democratic National Committee 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 former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanEx-CIA chief calls Trump intel shakeup a 'virtual decapitation' of the intelligence community DOJ attorney looking into whether CIA withheld info during start of Russia probe: NYT Federal prosecutor looking into Brennan's role in Russian interference findings: report MORE

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The individuals said, among other things, that there was strong evidence of collusion while appearing on networks such as CNN, MSNBC and NBC. 

"Moving forward, we ask that you employ basic journalistic standards when booking such guests to appear anywhere in your universe of productions," Murtaugh writes. "You should begin by asking the basic question: Does this guest warrant further appearances in our programming, given the outrageous and unsupported claims made in the past?"

Murtaugh adds that "if these guests do reappear, you should replay the prior statements and challenge them to provide the evidence which prompted them to make the wild claims in the first place."

"At this point, there must be introspection from the media who facilitated the reckless statements and serious evaluation of how such guests are considered and handled in the future," he concludes. 

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Barr's four-page summary on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan 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 report said that the investigation did not find sufficient evidence to establish a conspiracy between Russia and Trump. 

The letter said that Mueller did not take a definitive stance on whether Trump obstructed justice. However, Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided they would not pursue an obstruction of justice charge against Trump.

Trump on Sunday claimed that the findings represented a "complete and total exoneration." 

"This was an illegal takedown that failed and hopefully somebody’s going is to be looking at the other side," the president added. "So it’s complete exoneration. No collusion, no obstruction."