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Newly unearthed documents have confirmed that John Mulaney was investigated by the Secret Service over an “inappropriate” Saturday Night Live joke about President Trump.
A file was opened on the 38-year-old comedian — who recently checked into rehab for alcohol and cocaine addiction — after his opening monologue on the Feb. 29 episode of SNL started “gaining considerable attention,” according to records obtained by The Associated Press.
In it, Mulaney spoke of Roman general Julius Caesar, calling him “such a powerful maniac that all the senators grabbed knives, and they stabbed him to death.”
“That would be an interesting thing if we brought that back now,” Mulaney said to laughter from the audience, as detailed in the investigation files.
The gag was probed as “inappropriate statements regarding President Trump,” with the file noting that “although no direct threats were made, due to the popularity, it is likely that concerned citizens will report this.”
Two days after Mulaney’s “SNL” monologue, law enforcement officials contacted Thomas McCarthy, NBC’s global chief security officer and senior vice president, “to express the agency’s desire to discuss the aforementioned incident with attorney’s for Mulaney,” the files noted.
However, Secret Service agents “did not interview Mulaney,” the files stated.
The investigation into Mulaney was opened in March and closed in December, with agents deciding to take no further action.
Mulaney himself revealed the investigation during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel in December, during which he claimed he had been interviewed.
“The person vetting me was very understanding that the joke had nothing to do with Donald Trump because it was an elliptical reference to him,” Mulaney told Kimmel.
“They said if it’s a joke, then I am cleared by the Secret Service.”
With Post wires
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