Hollywood Weighs in on Paul Manafort Indictment: ‘The Sinking of America’s First Crime Family’

Former chairman of Trump’s presidential campaign faces a 12-count indictment

Hollywood stars including James Gunn, Rob Reiner and Rosie O’Donnell took to Twitter Monday to add their two cents on Paul Manafort, the former chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign who faces a 12-count indictment stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.

“Today we’re seeing the tip of the tip of the iceberg,” Reiner tweeted. “The sinking of America’s first crime family.”

“Hey @realDonaldTrump! Just a reminder! Paul Manafort is your former campaign manager. He’s turning himself in to the feds,” Alyssa Milano wrote.

Manafort and his long-time associate Rick Gates surrendered to authorities on Monday as the first people charged in special counsel Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. Moreover, Trump’s former aide, George Papadopoulos, has pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents during the special counsel’s investigation.

According to CNN, the indictment contains 12 counts: conspiracy against the U.S., conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading statements related to the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.

None of the charges relate directly to the Trump campaign, though prosecutors have the ability to amend indictments with additional charges.

According to the New York Times, Manafort was under FBI investigation long before joining the Trump campaign for possible violations of federal tax law, money laundering and whether he properly disclosed his foreign lobbying.

Both men were deeply embedded in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, with Manafort serving as chairman during the fraught Republican National Convention.

See Hollywood reactions to Manafort’s indictment below.