A high-stakes testimony on Wednesday saw Democrats lead Robert Mueller through a multitude of facts from his report into Donald Trump’s collusion with Russia.
The details included a Trump Tower meeting with Russians, a misleading press statement about it, a potential business deal to build a multi-million tower in Moscow, and falsehoods told to the FBI by several close associates.
In the face of accusations of Mueller appearing ‘disorientated’ with a shaky demeanor, Liberal celebrities and public figures took to Twitter to come to the defense of the long-time prosecutor and former FBI director.
Celebrities Mia Farrow (left) and Bette Midler (right) weighed in on the Mueller hearing. ‘Mueller embodies a couple of things GOP lawmakers have forgotten- decency, integrity, honesty,’ Farrow said. Bette Midler highlighted a part of the report in which Trump exclaimed ‘I’m f***ed’ when he was informed a Special Council had been appointed to investigate Russian collusion
SHOWTIME: Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary Committee
Hollywood actor Mia Farrow seemed to agree, saying: ‘Mueller embodies a couple of things GOP lawmakers have forgotten- decency, integrity, honesty.’ She added that Trump had zero credibility
Journalist and author Maria Shriver defended Mueller’s demeanor, suggesting the 74-year-old spoke with consideration: ‘Could it be we are simply witnessing a man with deep integrity who is cautious with his words and that we are comparing his style to the way people scream and yell today?’
‘Could this be two different styles, two different generations?’
Hollywood actor Mia Farrow seemed to agree, saying: ‘Mueller embodies a couple of things GOP lawmakers have forgotten- decency, integrity, honesty.’
She added that Trump had ‘zero credibility’.
And soon it will be clear to all that you did in fact obstruct justice – at least 10 times,’ she said.
Novelist Stephen King weighed in on the debate to condemn the ‘Republican excoriation’ of Mueller.
Journalist and author Maria Shriver (left) defended Mueller’s demeanor, suggesting the 74-year-old spoke with consideration. Novelist Stephen King (right) weighed in on the debate to condemn the ‘Republican excoriation’ of Mueller
‘The Republican excoriation of Robert Mueller, who has been over backward to be fair-minded and thorough, is one large reason why so many fundamentally decent men and women now eschew public service,’ he tweeted.
‘Who’s the Boss’ actor Alyssa Milano highlighted a particular moment in the hearing when Mueller was asked: ‘The reason you did not indict Donald Trump was because of OLC opinion stating that you could not indict a sitting president, is that correct?’
Mueller replied: ‘Yes.’
Actor John Cusack made it clear he believed Trump had obstructed the path of justice, tweeting: ‘Yup obstruction all day long’.
Others were less optimistic anything would come of the hearing, with actor and author Rachel Dratch saying: ‘The act of looking forward to the Mueller hearings as if anything will come of it feels like having lunch with an ex that you are hoping to get back together with.’
Hollywood star Piper Perabo weighed in, tweeting: ‘OLC is the Office of Legal Council. It assists the Attorney General as legal advisor to the President.
‘OLC policy tells Mueller a sitting President can’t be charged with a crime. So if a President commits a crime, Congress must use the power of impeachment.’
Comedian Chelsea Handler simply drew attention to the anxiety of the moment.
Singer-songwriter Bette Midler highlighted a part of the report in which Trump exclaimed ‘I’m f***ed’ when he was informed a Special Council had been appointed to investigate Russian collusion.
She urged people to ‘try to keep this foremost in your mind for the next year and a half.’
Actress Yvette Nicole Brown made a dig at Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Tex., after his heated question was given a curt reply by Mueller.
‘#Mueller’s ‘I take your question.’ is the only way I will be replying to the shrill and irrationally disgruntled from now on.
‘Looking at you @LouisGohmert. You tried it…and FAILED. There’s no crying in Congressing!’
Other liberals were less supportive of the hearing, with David Axelrod, a former Barack Obama strategist, tweeting that it was ‘very, very painful’ to watch.
Mueller testified that his probe was ‘not a witch hunt’ – an attack repeatedly made by President Trump. And he defended the integrity of his team, blasting claims they were selected for partisan reasons
Laurence Tribe, the famed liberal lawyer, wrote that Mueller wasn’t up to the challenge of ‘breathing life into his damning report.’
Republicans accused longtime prosecutor and former FBI director Robert Mueller of stumbling over his words and appearing disoriented, with Trump declaring: ‘Obviously he did very poorly today. I don’t think there’s anybody who would say he did well.’
Filmmaker Michael Moore said Mueller had come across as ‘a frail old man, unable to remember things, stumbling, refusing to answer basic questions.’
Mueller at times turned Wednesday’s hotly anticipated congressional hearing into a lost opportunity and disappointment for Democrats.
He answered a long list of questions with complaints that the subjects were ‘not in my purview,’ and dodged more than 100 times.
Mueller testified that his probe was ‘not a witch hunt’ – an attack repeatedly made by President Trump. And he defended the integrity of his team, blasting claims they were selected for partisan reasons.
Trump weighed in moments after the former special counsel wrapped up his sometimes halting appearance before his second of two congressional committees
The president responded after Mueller concluded his testimony before a second committee
But his performance left some allies downtrodden, on a day when Democrats bolstered his reputation and work product while Republicans tried to undermine the credibility of his investigation.
Trump weighed in moments after the former special counsel wrapped up his sometimes halting appearance before his second of two congressional committees.
‘TRUTH IS A FORCE OF NATURE!’ Trump tweeted, celebrating a long-sought hearing that Democrats hoped might bring new national awareness of the details of Mueller’s 448-page report.