(UPDATE) Floridians will soon begin viewing a digital ad from a Republican group that disputes claims by President Trump and his supporters that the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into possible Russian collusion is a “witch-hunt.”
The ad, called “This is Not a Witch-Hunt,” is produced by Republicans for the Rule of Law. It features Trump saying at various junctures of the Russian probe that the Mueller investigation is a “total witch-hunt.”
Republicans for the Rule of Law is a 501(c)(4) group of Republicans founded by conservative commentator Bill Kristol who are mobilizing against the president’s efforts to politicize the Department of Justice. It’s funded by the group Defending Democracy Together.
“We represent the majority of Republicans who believe Robert Mueller should not be fired,” reads a section of the group’s website.
The airing of the ad comes a day after Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer, pleaded guilty to lying to Congress regarding Trump’s involvement in efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen told Congress last year that the efforts ended in early 2016. Court documents show that the plans continued until late June of 2016.
Republicans for the Rule of Law aired ads in Washington D.C. earlier this month urging viewers to call their members of Congress to tell them that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker should recuse himself from the Mueller investigation.
Whitaker was Trump’s controversial choice to serve as the interim replacement for Jeff Sessions, who resigned the day after the midterm election. Whitaker previously served as a legal commentator on CNN, where he was often critical of the Mueller inquiry.
In addition to Florida, the new ad is targeting GOP Trump supporters in Maine, Kentucky, Utah, Iowa, Nebraska, South Carolina, North Carolina and New Hampshire.
Although the original press release issued out by Republicans for the Rule of Law said the ad would air on television markets in Florida, a spokesperson later said it would originally only be a digital ad shown on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. She said she would update the Phoenix when “we put it on the airwaves.”