Fox News and the New York Post, both owned by Rupert Murdoch, called for Mueller’s resignation. Sanders did not go that far, but repeatedly said with a straight face that whatever was in the indictments had nothing to do with Trump’s campaign.
“Look, today’s announcement [from Mueller] has nothing to do with the president, has nothing to do with the president’s campaign or campaign activity. The real collusion scandal, as we’ve said several times before, has everything to do with the Clinton campaign, Fusion GPS and Russia,” Sanders said, citing that campaign’s opposition research in her response to the daily press briefing’s opening question. “There’s clear evidence of the Clinton campaign colluding with Russian intelligence to spread disinformation and smear the president to influence the election. We’ve been saying from day one there has been no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, and nothing in the indictment today changes that at all.”
These talking points were quickly echoed on Steve Bannon’s Breitbart.com and Fox News, which were the top-trafficking websites for Republican voters in the run-up to the 2016 election. Those websites also featured breaking news about longtime Democrat-connected lobbyist Tony Podesta—brother of Clinton’s campaign chair—resigning from his firm because he made money from some of the same Ukraine deals where Manafort apparently laundered his profits.