Days prior to the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, which concluded that there was no connection between the Trump campaign and the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, actor Robert De Niro, who portrays Mueller on “Saturday Night Live,” revealed that he’d like to act out Trump being handcuffed on the show.
Appearing on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” which was recorded on Tuesday and aired on Friday, De Niro discussed the then-coming final report with host Stephen Colbert, in which De Niro noted it’s his “civic duty” to portray Mueller on “SNL.”
“I keep saying that I don’t know whether this is actually possible in reality, but where I can handcuff him and take him away in an orange jumpsuit,” De Niro told Colbert.
Colbert asked the actor about giving Trump a chance.
“You’re right, that’s what I said right after he was elected. ‘Give him a chance.’ I give everyone the benefit of the doubt,” De Niro said. “This guy has proven himself to be a total loser.”
Later in the show, the discussion of De Niro’s new film, “The Irishman,” which is a gangster-genre film, turned back into bashing Trump.
“It’s just that people like the outlaw-type thing except we have a wannabe gangster in the White House now,” De Niro said in response to people favoring gangster-genre movies.
“He’s a dumbbell. […] Even gangsters have morals, and they have ethics, they have a code. And, you know, when you give someone your word, it’s your word because that’s all you have is your word — especially in that world. This guy, he doesn’t even know what that means.”
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The special counsel’s final report did not conclude any collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Russian government. The investigators “did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” according to the report, as IJR Red previously noted.
Additionally, Attorney General William Barr defended the president against any obstruction when he told reporters during Thursday’s press conference before the report’s release that there would be no obstruction of justice charges against Trump.
While the 22-month investigation has lingered over Trump’s presidency, he hasn’t let that affect several achievements Americans have noticed under his administration — including historically low unemployment, a handful of people released from prison by criminal justice reform, record-low unemployment rates for Hispanic and black Americans, and the revitalization of manufacturing jobs.