Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Star-studded cast of Trump critics take part in Mueller report reading in Broadway play based on the President's 'ten possible acts of obstruction'

A host of stars have taken part in a dramatic reading of the Mueller report on Broadway. 
John Lithgow joined the growing list of actors who have taken on the role of President Donald Trump, portraying the world leader in a live reading of former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump's 2016 campaign.
Against the backdrop of the ornate altar of New York City's Riverside Church, a cast of Hollywood A-listers participated in a live reading of portions of the Mueller report Monday night called 'The Investigation: A Search for Truth in Ten Acts.'
All the actors involved have previously been vocal critics of the President and have been active in their condemnation of Trump on social media. 

The reading was streamed on the Law Works website and featured Kevin Kline as Mueller, Joel Grey as Jeff Sessions, Jason Alexander as Chris Christie, and Alfre Woodard as Hope Hicks.
Annette Bening narrated, and Mark Hamill, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Sigourney Weaver made recorded video appearances.

Others who joined the cast included Alyssa Milano, Zachary Quinto, Ben McKenzie, Michael Shannon, Justin Long, Piper Perabo, and more.
Lacking a set, the reading rested on the chops of the veteran actors, who sat behind music stands wrapped in patriotic bunting and stood when it was their turn to speak. 
The actors' charismatic rendering of the lengthy report garnered bursts of laughter and buzz from the audience.
'The Investigation' was created by Emmy-nominated playwright, screenwriter and actor Robert Schenkkan.
He received a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for his play 'The Kentucky Cycle,' and his play 'All the Way' won a Tony award in 2014.
The Law Works is an organization that advocates for bipartisan legislation and educates the public on the workings of the United States judicial system, including the role of the special counsel.
Mueller wrote in his report released in April that there was not enough evidence to establish a criminal conspiracy between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia, but said he could not exonerate Trump on obstruction of justice.
The report examined several situations in which Trump attempted to influence or curtail Mueller's investigation.  

Donald Trump's '10 acts of obstruction' mentioned in the play 

Monday night's live reading of the Mueller report was divided into ten sections to correspond with ten alleged acts of obstruction carried out by Donald Trump.
'The Investigation: A Search for Truth in Ten Acts' featured acts under the following titles;
Act One: President Trump Asked the FBI Director to Shut Down the Investigation Into National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Act Two: President Trump Said He Fired FBI Director Comey Because of the Russia Investigation.
Act Three: President Trump Ordered White House Counsel Don McGahn to Fire Robert Mueller.
Act Four: President Trump Attempted to Curtail the Special Counsel Investigation.
Act Five: President Trump Prevented the Public Disclosure of Evidence.
Act Six: President Trump Wanted Attorney General Sessions to Unrecuse From the Russia Investigation.
Act Seven: President Trump Directed White House Counsel Don McGahn to Create False Documents That Covered Up the Truth From Investigators.
Act Eight: President Trump Tried to Discourage Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn From Cooperating With the Mueller Investigation.
Act Nine: President Trump Encouraged Michael Cohen to Lie About Trump Tower Moscow.
Act Ten: President Trump Tried to Get Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen Not to Cooperate With the Investigation.

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