It's Mueller time! Celebrities react to release of Trump-Russia investigation report
President Trump may have some explaining to do with regard to the bombshell report, however, celebrities were quick to respond on social media
Celebrities were outraged after Attorney General William Barr released a redacted reported compiled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
During a contentious press conference on Thursday, Barr claimed that Mueller found no evidence of collusion between the Russians and Donald Trump's presidential campaign during the 2016 election.
"After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the Special Counsel confirmed that the Russian government-sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes," Barr said, saying that Americans "should be grateful" for the findings.
While the report showed that investigators did not find any evidence of collusion, a series of questionable incidents involving the commander in chief were examined as part of the Special Counsel's inquiry into obstruction of justice. The report states that in June 2017, President Trump told his White House counsel that Mueller "must be removed" as he had conflicts of interest, and that the acting attorney general must be informed immediately.
According to the document, Trump was also wary about the original appointment of Department of Justice leader Jeff Sessions to oversee the probe and allegedly thought it would mean the "end of his presidency." Nonetheless, Mueller was not able to reach a conclusion if the POTUS' actions amounted to obstruction of justice. "Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him," the report states.
Soon after AG Barr's proclamation, and the subsequent release of the report, Trump's favorite comedian Rosie O'Donnell was among the many celebrities to take to social media to share their reactions:
Ana Navarro, fellow "The View" panelist, chimed in as well:
Barr looks like a teddy bear. But he is complicit. He is duplicitous. He is disloyal to the Constitution. He is in dereliction of duty. He strategically & meticulously planned this charade today when people are distracted by a Holiday week & Congress not in session. He is devious— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) April 18, 2019
Mocking Barr, actress Patricia Arquette also put out a number of tweets:
I wish a reporter would have asked Barr if Mueller finished with his investigation unimpeded or if he was asked by anyone to conclude it or if funding was stopped in any way.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) April 18, 2019
Rob Reiner gave his two cents on the highly-anticipated release of the report:
Prima Facie: Trump is guilty as hell.— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) April 18, 2019
Comedian and political commentator Stephen Fry spoke about the selective approach to the report from both sides:
The #MuellerReport perfectly crystallises our age. Those who dislike Trump are leafing through looking for only that which incriminates, those who like him search only for what exculpates and exonerates. Each frantically ignoring what they don’t want to see. I’m guilty too— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) April 18, 2019
Actor Eugene Lee Yang expressed outrage at the redactions in the report:
Talk show host Mehdi Hassan continued his anti-Trump tirade:
On CNN, @JohnKingCNN makes the valid/important point that the #MuellerReport shows, at the bare minimum, that this administration lied openly, brazenly, publicly, repeatedly. Lied and lied again. There's no debate. The issue is 1) do those lies matter, and 2) why did they lie?— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) April 18, 2019