00:58 - Source: CNN
Ex-Trump aide: Trump will use report as political bludgeon
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Former White House aide Cliff Sims suggested Monday President Donald Trump may use the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report as a “political bludgeon” against Democratic presidential candidates.

On Sunday, Attorney General William Barr said in a letter to Congress that Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election did not find that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia. Barr also said based on the findings of the investigation, he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined there was not enough evidence to prosecute the President for obstruction of justice.

“In terms of political payback, the people that I’ve talked to in the White House over the last 24 hours talk about what this means for 2020 and where we go from here. And I think you are going to see (Trump) use this as a political bludgeon,” Sims told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on “New Day.”

“In terms of political retribution, I think the main thing is going to be using this in the election in 2020 and the campaign to remind people that ‘Hey, this is (Democrats’) premise for beating me,” Sims said. “I think that’s the message you can expect to hear from him going toward 2020.”

Sims, a departed White House staffer who detailed his time in the administration in a book last year, also told Camerota that his former colleagues have told him the mood within the White House is overall a good one.

“The mood is pretty much exuberant, relief, feeling vindicated,” he said. “I mean, you have to remember, for those of us who worked on the campaign and then worked in the White House, there was always this kind of cloud.”

“It’s a good day for America, frankly, but also a good day for a lot of us who worked for the President,” Sims said.