"You said that your investigation's work 'speaks for itself.' It doesn't," De Niro writes, urging Mueller to offer "authority and clarity."
Robert De Niro is not satisfied with Robert Mueller's statement to the press on Wednesday, and he penned a strongly-worded open letter in the New York Times to the former special counsel urging him to testify before Congress.
"This is the report your country asked you to do, and now you must give it authority and clarity," the actor who has portrayed Mueller on "Saturday Night Live" several times wrote, adding that "the country needs your voice. Your actual voice."
De Niro argued that while Mueller has indicated he wants his written report to be his final word about his investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election and the Trump campaign's possible involvement, that choice has "allowed the administration to use its own voice to control the narrative."
"Say what you will about the president -- and I have -- when it comes to that lying, exaggerating, bullying thing, no one can touch him," De Niro wrote.
As such, De Niro feels it is imperative that Mueller answer questions about the report, if only to clarify for Congress and the American people the rhetoric about it that has been coming from the White House and Attorney General William Barr.
"In your news conference, you said that your investigation's work 'speaks for itself.' It doesn't," De Niro wrote plainly.
"We've learned our lesson about what can happen to the perception of your work when interpreted in rabid tweets by the president, dissected by pundits all over the map, trumpeted in bizarre terms by the president's absurd personal lawyer and distorted by the attorney general," the actor continued.
De Niro has long been an outspoken critic of the president, so much so that he has the rarefied honor of being one of those personally insulted by the president via tweet, with Trump calling him one of his favorite insults, "a very low IQ individual."