Celebrities React To Paul Manafort Indictment

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Paul Manafort Indicted Reaction

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Paul Manafort Indicted Reaction

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Celebrities are reacting to the indictment of Paul Manafort, who served as Donald Trump’s campaign manager. See reaction tweets below.

On Friday, it was reported that special counsel Robert Mueller had obtained his first indictment in his investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election, collusion with the Trump campaign and Trump’s firing of former FBI director James Comey. It was unknown until Monday morning just who was indicted and what the charges were. The affected parties turned out to be Manafort and his business associate, Rick Gates. According to the official indictment, they are charged with conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.

The indictment represents 12 counts in all. Both men turned themselves into the authorities shortly after the news broke. Like Manafort, Gates also worked for Trump’s campaign. Predictably, both of their names are now trending on Twitter. A number of celebs spent the weekend tweeting in anticipation of the unsealed indictment. Now that it’s officially happened, many are sharing their reactions to the big development.

Alyssa Milano tweeted, “Hey @realDonaldTrump! Just a reminder! Paul Manafort is your former campaign manager. He’s turning himself in to the feds. #neverforget…” She then wrote, along with footage of Manafort turning himself in, “You’ve gotta see this, @realdonaldtrump!” The actress later added, “I hope Mueller takes down anyone guilty of collusion with Russia…Democrats included. It’s the only way to protect our democracy.”

Mark Ruffalo posted, “This is a very sad day for America. If we all weren’t so tired of a stream of constant outrages this would have a much more shocking effect on us. It’s a new low for our country in an historical context. Probably going to get worse. Hard to celebrate.” In contrast, George Takei said, “It’s normally wrong to celebrate like it’s Christmas before it’s even Halloween, but dammit let’s make an exception today. #MuellerMonday.” He also imagined Trump’s reaction to the news, writing, “Trump: We’re not close. Press: He managed your campaign. Trump: For a very short period. Press: 5 months. Trump: But Hillary— Press: Stop.”

In another post, Takei imagined, “Trump: I like people who weren’t captured. McCain: I like advisers who weren’t ordered to surrender.” He also quipped, “There are 12 charges. It rather evokes a Xmas carol: ‘On the first day of charges, Mueller gave to me: Manafort on treas’nous conspiracy!’ Meanwhile, Kumail Nanjiani remarked, “The former campaign manager of the current President of the United States has been arrested. For a first round arrest, this one is big.” Mia Farrow asked, “Why did Trump choose a person with close, complex & illegal connections to Russia as his campaign mgr?”

Making an O.J. Simpson reference, Arsenio Hall joked, “I think I just saw Paul Manafort in the back of Al Cowlings new Bronco!” And Seth Rogen simply shared a news article with the caption, “Good morning.” But Trump himself is downplaying the situation, tweeting, “Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren’t Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus?????” He added,”….Also, there is NO COLLUSION!” Samantha Ronson tweeted back in response, “Lol #ImpeachTrump.”

In a lengthy post, Zachary Quinto said, “It is deeply sad and troubling that this is how Kevin Spacey has chosen to come out. Not by standing up as a point of pride – in the light of all his many awards and accomplishments – thus inspiring tens of thousands of struggling LGBTQ kids around the world, but as a calculated manipulated to deflect attention from the very serious accusation that he attempted to molest one.” He added, “I am sorry to hear of Anthony Rapp’s experience and subsequent suffering, and I am sorry that Kevin only saw fit to acknowledge his truth when he thought it would serve him – just as his denial has served him for so many years. May Anthony Rapp’s voice be the one which is amplified here. Victim’s voices are the ones that deserve to be heard.”

“House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon tweeted, “Anthony Rapp’s story is deeply troubling. During the time I worked with Kevin Spacey on ‘House of Cards’ I neither witnessed nor was aware of any inappropriate behavior on set or off. That said, I take reports of such behavior seriously, and this is no exception. I feel for Mr Rapp and I support his courage.” Manafort is pictured above during a campaign event at the Trump SoHo Hotel in June 2016.

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