In an op-ed just published by The New York Times, Robert De Niro has urged Robert Mueller III to go beyond the limited public remarks that he made after generating a 400 page report on alleged election tampering by the Russians. De Niro has played Mueller on numerous skits of Saturday Night Live, some of which have been very critical about possible complicity between President Trump and his advisors, and the Russians. The president has denied the allegations right along, and said the report clears him. Because of that, De Niro writes, it is not enough for Mueller to say that the report speaks for itself.
Of his appearances as Mueller, De Niro writes, “Theres a level of satire, directed at the current administration. To be fair, not everyone appreciates the humor. The president has tweeted that theres “nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live” and that its “very unfair and should be looked into,” even “tested in courts,” and “this is the real collusion!” Though what or with whom the show would be colluding is unclear. But then I dont have to tell you about problems with the term “collusion.” You barely mention the word in your report, and then only to explain why youre not using it. That could be a punch line on “Saturday Night Live.”
As I prepared for my role on the show, I got to know you a lot better…I watched how you presided over the special counsels office apparently without a single leak. And you never wavered, even in the face of regular vicious attacks from the president and his surrogates. While I and so many Americans have admired your quiet, confident, dignified response in ignoring that assault, it allowed the administration to use its own voice to control the narrative. And those voices are so loud and so persistent that they beat even reasonable people into submission. The loudest, most persistent voice belongs to the president himself, and under most circumstances, we want to believe our president.”
De Niro writes that the presidents penchant for hostility, and the way that “the president treats lies, exaggerations and bullying as everyday weapons in his communication toolbox,” begs for a more forceful response by Mueller, who plans to exit and fade back into private life.
“Say what you will about the president — and I have — when it comes to that lying, exaggerating, bullying thing, no one can touch him. He has set up a world where it seems as if those disapproving of him can effectively challenge him only by becoming just like him. Hes brinRead More – Source