President Trump claims vindication after Mueller finds no evidence of collusion

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(CNN) — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether President Donald Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia was “an illegal takedown that failed,” Trump said Sunday.

Speaking to reporters before boarding Air Force One in Florida, Trump declared total victory.

“It was just announced there was no collusion with Russia, the most ridiculous thing I ever heard. There as no collusion with Russia. There was no obstruction, none whatsoever,” President Trump said.

In a letter to lawmakers Sunday, Attorney General William Barr said that Mueller did not exonerate President Trump from obstruction charges, but Barr wrote that Mueller did not have sufficient evidence to prosecute.

Nevertheless, President Trump said the report was vindication for his long-stated view the probe was a witch hunt.

“It’s a complete and total exoneration,” he said. “It’s a shame that our country had to go through this. To be honest it’s a shame your President had to go through since before I was even elected.”

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