GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – President Donald Trump used a raucous rally in the battleground state of Michigan on Thursday to take a victory lap following the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, telling supporters "the collusion delusion is over."
Trump wasted no time turning to the summary of the Mueller report released on Sunday, starting the rally off by framing the 22-month probe as "lies and smears and slander."
"Robert Mueller was a god to the Democrats until he said there was no collusion," Trump told his supporters. "This fraud is exposed. "
Trump's Michigan event marked his first campaign rally since a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the 2016 election found his campaign did not conspire with Russia to influence the outcome. The president has repeatedly touted that summary in Washington, even as Democrats press for more detail.
Trump repeated his insults of Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and who has continued to question Trump’s actions in the 2016 race. “Little pencil neck Adam Schiff,” Trump told supporters. “He’s got the smallest, thinnest neck I’ve ever seen. He is not a long-ball hitter."
Schiff has shrugged off the insults from Trump and other Republicans.
Attorney General Bill Barr's summary of Mueller's report said the special counsel found no evidence of collusion with Russia but it left open the question of whether the president's actions constituted obstruction of justice. Mueller's report, according to Barr, specifically noted it did not exonerate Trump over questions of obstruction.
Trump wrapped up his 2016 campaign in Grand Rapids, leading an early morning Election Day rally that some analysts say may have pushed him over the edge to victory in the state. Trump won the state by less than one percentage point, and Republican strategists say he faces a daunting path to reclaiming it in 2020.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Russia hoax is finally dead': Trump touts end of Mueller investigation to supporters in Michigan