Hollywood Stars Downplay Barr’s Summary of Mueller Russia Probe: ‘Only the Full Report Matters’

Trump’s biggest critics point to the portion of the summary that notes that Trump is not exonerated

Last Updated: March 24, 2019 @ 4:37 PM

While many of Donald Trump’s biggest critics in Hollywood have yet to respond to Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Robert Mueller investigation, Rosie O’Donnell best summarized the early reaction: demand the release of the full report.

O’Donnell was one of many who questioned the possible bias of AG Barr’s summary of Mueller’s report, writing, “the summary is irrelevant – only the full report matters #ReleaseTheEntireReport.”

In Barr’s official summary sent to Congress, it was reported that Mueller’s investigation found no evidence that Donald Trump or his presidential campaign conspired with Russia to sway the 2016 presidential election. But on the matter of obstruction of justice charges, Barr wrote that “while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

Despite this, Barr wrote that the Department of Justice concluded that the evidence Mueller found was “not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.” That decision not to press on charges has been met with skepticism by Trump’s critics.

“If William Barr summarized Romeo and Juliet, he’d probably say that Romeo murdered Juliet’s cousin, was banished for it, and is now dead,” tweeted George Takei. “Let’s wait to hear the full story.”

In response to the summary, House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler said that Barr would be called on to testify before Congress “in light of the very concerning discrepancies and final decision making at the Justice Department following the Special Counsel report.” House Democrats including Los Angeles Rep. Adam Schiff have also said in multiple media interviews that they will likely subpoena Mueller to testify as well.

In an official statement, the Trump Administration also called the report a “total and complete exoneration” of the president, a phrase repeated by Trump himself on Twitter. But actress Alyssa Milano posed a question about the report:

“Well, if there was nothing in the report why won’t they just release it?” she tweeted. “If the report fully exonerated him or his family, he’d have it all out in seconds. Wouldn’t he?”

Billy Eichner only had this joke to give: “Did not imagine a world where they were able to indict Aunt Becky before Donald Trump.”

Rather than dwelling on the report itself, Bette Midler, John Leguizamo and Vincent D’Onofrio chose to look toward the future.

“#MuellersReport finds no evidence showing #TrumpsTeam of “collusion” with Russia, but stops short of “exonerating” Trump on obstruction of justice. Knowing Trump, he probably tried to do exactly that. TWO MORE YEARS OF CHAOS, RACE BAITING, GRIFTERS, CON ARTISTS, SHAME/FEAR. SAD,” Midler wrote.

“No worries folks,” D’Onofrio tweeted. “We just need to show up for the PRIMARY in 2020. Just ignore the nonsense. Get out and help your Dem or whomever you like. But if your choice does not win the primary back whomever does. Let’s vote this guy out. If you’re going to troll me. Don’t waste your time”

And Leguizamo suggested we, as a country, reflect on the country we want to be, writing, “#trumpColluded beyond a doubt! Now America must confront itself about its own moral Boundaries and code of ethics! Turning point in American history! Are we a rule of law country or are we a lawless lie!”

Meanwhile, amid the demands for access to the report and investigation material, one of Trump’s staunchest supporters, James Woods, posted a GIF of a man jumping off a bridge with the caption “Democrats react to Mueller report the way they accepted the 2016 election…”

Piers Morgan, who has both supported and criticized the president over the last two years, put it simply, “NO COLLUSION. End.”

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