Details of Secret Service Investigation Into John Mulaney 'SNL' Monologue Revealed

21 Janvier, 2021, 06:59 | Auteur: Christine Menetries

John Mulaney arrives at night one of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 14, 2019, in Los Angeles.

New documents obtained by the Associated Press on Tuesday reveal that the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) opened an investigation into comedian John Mulaney for a joke he told while hosting Saturday Night Live that the agency believed to be about then-president Donald Trump.

According to the documents obtained by the AP through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the agency opened its investigation into "inappropriate statements regarding President Trump" on March 1, the day after the show aired, and kept the case open until last month. "Another thing that happened under Julius Caesar was, uh, 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 joked.

Hosting the show on February 29, also known as "leap day", Mulaney's joke centered on Roman emperor Julius Caesar, who in 45 BC introduced the 365-day calendar which included an extra day every four years.

The AP reported the file also noted Mulaney saying: "I asked my lawyer if I could make that joke and 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.

According to the documents, the Secret Service contacted NBC's global chief security officer and senior vice president, Thomas McCarthy, explaining that it wanted to discuss the matter with Mulaney's attorneys. That's actually a flawless metaphor for the United States.

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"When I was a boy, the United States were like Michael Jordan in 1992", the comedian said. "Now the United States it like Michael Jordan now".

The Secret Service file included a report from Breitbart entitled, "SNL: John Mulaney Jokes that Senators Should Stab Trump Like Julius Caesar". Five days prior, Mulaney spoke of the investigation in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel.

"But the person vetting me. was very understanding that the joke had nothing to do with Donald Trump".

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 said. "I didn't say anything about him. In terms of risk assessment, no one who's ever looked at me has thought I'd registered above a one".

On Kimmel, Mulaney said the Secret Service did interview him after he hosted SNL.

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