As the public pored over the redacted version of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation on Thursday, celebrities and politicians weighed in on what the report meant for President Trump.
The 448-page report — divided into sections on collusion and obstruction — did not conclude that the president committed a crime but detailed “multiple acts by the President that were capable of exerting undue influence over law enforcement investigations, including the Russian-interference and obstruction investigations.”
It also confirmed that Russians interfered in the 2016 election.
The report’s rollout began Thursday morning with Atty. Gen. William P. Barr’s press conference, which critics, including 2020 presidential candidates, said focused on presenting Trump’s point of view rather than a balanced summary of the Mueller report’s findings.
Trump also fired off a series of angry tweets calling the Russia investigation the “greatest political hoax of all time” and characterizing it as “presidential harassment.”
His critics in Hollywood and beyond delighted in specific details found in the report, particularly Trump’s furious reaction to learning that Mueller had been appointed as special counsel.
That expletive-laden revelation from page 290 of the report, the report’s heavy redactions and Barr’s appearance were among the topics social media users highlighted Thursday.
Here’s what they had to say:
TOLD YA!!!— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 18, 2019
Sooooooo it’s not illegal if you’re really upset?— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 18, 2019
Bottom line: the President tried to cheat in order to win the election and then repeatedly tried to end the investigation into his actions.— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) April 18, 2019
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
Remember: when you are reading the Mueller Report and see a redaction it is safe to assume that’s where Don Jr. said something stupid and incriminating— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) April 18, 2019
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
Barr is acting more like Trump’s defense attorney than the nation's Attorney General. His press conference was a stunt, filled with political spin and propaganda.⁰ ⁰Americans deserve the unvarnished truth. We need Special Counsel Mueller to testify publicly in Congress.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 18, 2019
Attorney General Barr has made it clear he is not impartial when it comes to this investigation. Now that we have the report we should hear from Robert Mueller himself in public hearings. Our democracy demands it.— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) April 18, 2019
Robert Mueller must testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee as soon as possible. Congress & the American people need to hear directly from the person who authored the report.— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) April 18, 2019
I have no idea if #TrumpColluded, but I definitely know #TrumpHateMongered, #TrumpIslamophobed, #TrumpBirthered, #TrumpBankrupted, #TrumpIncoherented, #TrumpRacisted, #TrumpCaged, #TrumpCreepyHandshaked, #TrumpPaperToweled, #TrumpTransBanned, #TrumpGrabbed, & #TrumpShitholed.— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) April 18, 2019
Barr auditioned for the job. He said he would protect Trump and that is what he has done. We demand Mueller's public testimony and review of his report NOT Barr's twisted interpretations!— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) April 18, 2019
This report is very bad for Trump. It's very bad for Barr and its very bad for the press who credulously took Barr's word about Trump.— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) April 18, 2019
"Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I'm fucked."- an innocent person— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) April 18, 2019
#MuellerReport: "...if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment."— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) April 18, 2019
Also, Mueller: pic.twitter.com/FYzyXraoKE
Russia attacked us. The Trump campaign let it happen & encouraged it so he could cheat. That's clear in the #MuellerReport. Trump let a foreign govt. manipulate our election so he could win. Then, his team materially impaired the investigation. #Impeachhttps://t.co/jtJxKBx8F4— Misha Collins - GISH IS COMING! JULY 27- AUG 3 (@mishacollins) April 18, 2019
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