Newly unearthed paperwork have confirmed that John Mulaney was investigated by the Secret Service over an “inappropriate” “Saturday Night Live” joke about President Donald Trump.
A file was opened on the 38-year-old comic — who lately checked into rehab for alcohol and cocaine habit — after his opening monologue on the Feb. 29, 2020, episode of “SNL” began “gaining appreciable consideration,” in keeping with records obtained by the Associated Press.
In it, Mulaney spoke of Roman basic Julius Caesar, calling him “such a strong maniac that each one the senators grabbed knives, and so they stabbed him to loss of life.”
“That can be an attention-grabbing factor if we introduced that again now,” Mulaney mentioned to laughter from the viewers, as detailed within the investigation information.
The gag was probed as “inappropriate statements concerning President Trump,” with the file noting that “though no direct threats have been made, as a result of reputation, it’s probably that involved residents will report this.”
Two days after Mulaney’s “SNL” monologue, legislation enforcement officers contacted Thomas McCarthy, NBC’s international chief safety officer and senior vice chairman, “to precise the company’s need to debate the aforementioned incident with legal professional’s for Mulaney,” the information famous.
However, Secret Service brokers “didn’t interview Mulaney,” the information said.
The investigation into Mulaney was opened in March and closed in December, with brokers deciding to take no additional motion.
Mulaney himself revealed the investigation throughout an interview with Jimmy Kimmel in December, throughout which he claimed he had been interviewed.
“The individual vetting me was very understanding that the joke had nothing to do with Donald Trump as a result of it was an elliptical reference to him,” Mulaney instructed Kimmel.
“They mentioned if it is a joke, then I’m cleared by the Secret Service.”
With Post wires