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Hollywood Waits for Mueller Report With High Hopes, No Insights

”No matter what Mueller’s report contains, we already know three things,“ George Takei says

Like everyone in politically plugged-in Hollywood, George Takei doesn’t know what’s in the report on President Trump and Russia that Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted Friday. And he knows it may not matter.

“No matter what Mueller’s report contains, we already know three things: Trump surrounded himself with felons, he obstructed justice on behalf of those felons, and he faces multiple federal and state investigations for other criminal activity,” George Takei tweeted. “The wheel of justice has many spokes.”

That’s the kind of cautious approach many embraced Friday as they waited for the results of a nearly two-year investigation that may be very bad for Trump, or may not be. Trump has repeatedly said he did nothing wrong and that the investigation is a “witch hunt.”

Mueller, who was appointed to investigate and potentially prosecute anyone involved in collusion between Russia and Trump’s team, submitted the report to Attorney General William Barr on Friday, Barr told leaders of the House and Senate judiciary committees.

Barr said he “may be in a position” to advise House judiciary leaders on Mueller’s conclusions “as soon as this weekend.”

Barr also said that there were no instances where the Justice Department overruled a decision by Mueller.

Mueller, a former FBI director, has refrained from speaking out since taking on the role of special counsel in May 2017. That has created an aura of mystery around the contents of the report, and Hollywood loves a mystery, especially when it could hurt a president who is deeply unpopular in the entertainment industry.

Actor Jim Carrey, who enjoys posting political paintings online, depicted Barr in his latest work, along with the caption: “The Mueller report is out! The questions now is… how low will this Barr go?”

The president flew to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida Friday.

“The next steps are up to Attorney General Barr, and we look forward to the process taking its course,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday. “The White House has not received or been briefed on the Special Counsel’s report.”

Democrats have vowed to issue subpoenas, if necessary, to obtain the complete report. In a joint statement Friday afternoon, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said it is “imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress.”

Presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders added in a statement: “As Donald Trump said, ‘Let it come out.’ I call on the Trump administration to make Special Counsel Mueller’s full report public as soon as possible. No one, including the president, is above the law.”

Mueller is investigating Moscow’s potential interference in the 2016 presidential election, and whether any Americans may have helped the Kremlin. So far, Mueller and his team have charged 34 people, including 25 Russians.