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New York theater companies to hold 24-hour live reading of Mueller report
A group of New York theater companies this weekend will hold a 24-hour live-reading of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The event, titled "Filibustered and Unfiltered: America Reads the Mueller Report," will begin Saturday at 8 p.m. and continue through Sunday at The Arc, a venue in Long Island City, Queens.
The event is billed as a "24-hour celebration of the American Citizen" and will be produced by theater companies New Neighborhood and Slightly Altered States, and the arts and media company DMNDR.
Director Jackson Gay came up with the idea for the event, which began as a half-serious social media post, according to The New York Times. She told the newspaper that the goal of the project is not to dramatize, but rather to give people a "voice" in a complicated political climate.
"It's not meant to be a performance," she said. "It's meant to be a bunch of people coming together and finding their voice. We shouldn't just sit back on our couches and let other people tell us what to think."
"It's really just about our responsibility as American citizens to read this thing that we paid for," she added.
More than 100 people have volunteered to participate as readers and the event will also have live music and "unannounced special guests."
Tickets will start at $10 and proceeds that go beyond covering the event's cost will benefit immigrant rights groups RAICES Texas and CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project.
Just two weeks ago, a group of Congressional Democrats held a live marathon reading of the report, a redacted version of which was released earlier this year.
The report on the 22-month investigation said that Mueller did not find evidence to conclude that President Trump's campaign engaged in criminal conspiracy with Moscow. But the special counsel was unable to determine whether Trump obstructed justice in the investigation. Earlier this week, Mueller said that Justice Department guidelines prohibited his team from charging a sitting president with a crime, even if they had wanted to.
"After that investigation, if we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that," he said.
The report's release has prompted a growing number of Democrats to call for Trump's impeachment and for further investigations into the Trump administration.