Robert De Niro is not one to mince his words when it comes to Donald Trump and he’s now written a powerful New York Times op-ed about the president.
De Niro turned to special counsel Robert Mueller in the piece, urging him to speak up about Trump’s potential crimes because the country “needs to hear” his voice.
The actor famously played a version of Mueller on “Saturday Night Live”, saying he “got to know” the government official a lot more while preparing for his role on the show.
De Niro wrote in the piece, “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.”
“He’s bringing down the level of the entire playing field. And here, Mr. Mueller, is where you come in — where you need to come in.”
De Niro added of Mueller’s news conference Wednesday and the indication that he wants his written report to be his final word about the Russia investigation, “In your news conference, you said that your investigation’s work ‘speaks for itself.’ It doesn’t. It may speak for itself to lawyers and lawmakers who have the patience and obligation to read through the more than 400 pages of carefully chosen words and nuanced conclusions.”
De Niro went on to say of Mueller’s report: “I know you’re as uncomfortable in the spotlight as the president is out of it. I know you don’t want to become part of the political spectacle surrounding Russia’s crimes and your report on them. I know you will, however reluctantly, testify before Congress if called, because you respect the system and follow the rules, and I understand why you’d want to do it away from the public glare.”
He added, “The country needs to hear your voice. Your actual voice. And not just because you don’t want them to think that your actual voice sounds like Robert De Niro reading from cue cards, but because this is the report your country asked you to do, and now you must give it authority and clarity without, if I may use the term, obstruction.”
“You are the voice of the Mueller report. Let the country hear that voice,” the star concluded.
Read the full letter here.