President Trump’s reelection campaign is looking to seize on the Mueller reports as it exonerates him of any alleged collusion with Russia.
Now, since all the claims for collusion have been refuted, the president and his campaign can begin to focus on who started the investigation in the first place.
Trump’s reelection campaign has already begun to call for investigations into the Obama administration and potential bad actors who may have acted politically to initiate the investigation, the Washington Examiner reports.
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale immediately jumped out after the Mueller final report went public to support the president and said the previous administration should be held accountable.
“Now that the collusion and obstruction conspiracy theories have been exposed for the pathetic hoaxes they always were, the Obama-era [Department of Justice] and FBI must answer for their misdeeds and the scam that they perpetrated against the American people. Justice will be served,” Parscale said via the Washington Examiner. “President Trump has been fully and completely exonerated yet again. Now the tables have turned, and it’s time to investigate the liars who instigated this sham investigation into President Trump, motivated by political retribution and based on no evidence whatsoever.”
The Washington Examiner adds:
That theme — “turning the tables” on the Democrats — or some variation of it, was what the Trump campaign ran with immediately after Attorney General William Barr delivered the Mueller report to Congress. Team Trump issued a fresh campaign video with that language as it replayed a series of prominent Democrats insisting over the course of the nearly two-year-long Mueller investigation that the president was guilty of collusion.
Another staple of the campaign’s messaging: “Investigate the investigators.” The Republican National Committee, working in tandem with Trump 2020, was using similar language in series of press releases, as it emphasized that Russian meddling occurred while Barack Obama was president.
“Bottom line: Not only did Mueller confirm that there was no collusion, we also learned the full extent of how much the Obama administration failed to act while Russia messed with America’s electoral process,” read a missive from RNC rapid response director Steve Guest.
Trump’s campaign raked in just over $1 million since the report was released, Trump campaign COO Michael Glassner revealed via the Daily Caller.
“The release of the full Mueller report directly led to the campaign raising more than $1 million,” Glassner said following this week’s dramatic events. “Relative to our recent daily average, the Mueller news drove a 250 percent increase in fundraising from grassroots donors.”
The Daily Caller reports:
Trump campaign’s already pulled in a reported $30.3 million for the first quarter of 2019, a number roughly equal to the combined donations of Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, both of whom brought in $18.2 million and $12 million respectively.
Mueller was unable to obtain evidence suggesting members of the Trump campaign conspired with Russia, operated as foreign agents of Russia or violated campaign finance laws during the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting. He spent nearly two years probing the extent of Russia’s influence on the 2016 election.