DEMS/RALLY/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump, fresh off what he claims was ‘total vindication’ in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, told supporters here Thursday [3-28-19] he had vanquished a corrupt cabal of Democrats, the news media and the Washington elite, who tried to nullify his historic election victory by painting him as an agent of Russia…In his first rally since the end of the 22-month investigation, the president gleefully disregarded the old saw about revenge being a dish best served cold. He came onstage hot and served up one scorching zinger after another, taking particular delight in ridiculing Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, who oversees the House Intelligence Committee, and other Democrats who have led calls to investigate Mr. Trump…It was a calculated show of outrage by a president who has decided to seize on the Russia investigation to frame his ordeal as a conspiracy by his rivals to delegitimize him and diminish his achievements.”

Mark Landler and Katie Rogers, “Trump Tells Grand Rapids Rally: ‘The Russian Hoax Is Finally Dead’,” The New York Times online, March 28, 2019