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.
Manafort: “I’m fu**ed”
Papadopoulos: “Hold my beer”
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 30, 2017
WHY DO ALL“TRUMP”ROADS
LEAD TO RUSSIA????
— Cher (@cher) October 30, 2017
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) October 30, 2017
Mueller, who’s next?
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) October 30, 2017
INDICTED!! Roll out the tumbrils!!
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) October 30, 2017
Paul Manafort at this moment pic.twitter.com/lqdAp8NWRw
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) October 30, 2017
I called this a year and half ago. pic.twitter.com/U98IwhwdDn
— David Wain (@davidwain) October 30, 2017
Why did Trump choose a person with close, complex & illegal connections to Russia as his campaign mgr?
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) October 30, 2017
Today we're seeing the tip of the tip of the iceberg. The sinking of America's first crime family.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) October 30, 2017
— ROSIE (@Rosie) October 30, 2017
We are being given an opportunity to build a better world. 2/2
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 30, 2017
Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren't Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus?????
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 30, 2017
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 30, 2017
Donald Trump has known Paul Manafort for nearly 40 years. First hired him for lobbying over 30 years ago. He owns a home in Trump Tower.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) October 30, 2017
There are 12 charges. It rather evokes a Xmas carol: “On the first day of charges, Mueller gave to me: Manafort on treas’nous conspiracy!”
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 30, 2017
The Manafort indictments make you wonder anew why Roger Stone was freaking out on Twitter the other day. Who might Paul flip on…?
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) October 30, 2017