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The U.S. Secret Service opened an investigation into comic John Mulaney over jokes believed to be made about President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” final 12 months, in line with information obtained by The Associated Press.Mulaney, 38, revealed final month that the Secret Service had investigated the comic and “SNL” alum for “inappropriate jokes about President Trump” after he made a joke about Roman dictator Julius Caesar, who was stabbed to loss of life by a bunch of senators on the Ides of March.The file obtained by the AP by means of Freedom of Information Act request confirmed the bureau contacted NBC however didn’t interview the comic for its inquiry, which discovered no wrongdoing.“Another thing that happened under Julius Caesar, he was 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 mentioned to laughter from the viewers.The joke was mentioned throughout Mulaney’s opening monologue in the course of the “Saturday Night Live” broadcast on Feb. 29, 2020.The Secret Service famous different remarks in the course of the monologue, together with: “I asked my lawyer if I could make that joke, he said, let me call another lawyer, and that lawyer said yes. I don’t dwell on politics, but I dislike the Founding Fathers immensely. … I hate when people are like, God has never created such a great group of men than the Founding Fathers. Yeah, the ’92 Bulls. … That’s a perfect metaphor for the United States. When I was a boy, the United States was like Michael Jordan in 1992. Now the United States it like Michael Jordan now.”Two days after Mulaney’s “SNL” monologue, legislation enforcement officers contacted Thomas McCarthy, the worldwide chief safety officer and senior vice chairman at NBC Universal, to specific the company’s want to debate the joke with the comic’s attorneys.The Secret Service file included a report from Breitbart entitled, “SNL: John Mulaney Jokes that Senators Should Stab Trump Like Julius Caesar.” The investigation into Mulaney was opened in March and closed in December, 5 days after the comic revealed the investigation throughout an interview with Jimmy Kimmel.Story continuesThe Secret Service file notes that Mulaney made no direct threats in direction of Trump.“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 mentioned to Kimmel. “I didn’t say anything about him. In terms of risk assessment, no one who’s ever looked at me thought I registered above a one.”He added: “I said I have been making jokes about him since 2007, so I have been making fun of him for 13 years,” Mulaney mentioned. “They said if it’s a joke, then I am cleared by the Secret Service.”——LaPorta reported from Delray Beach, Florida.

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