Secret Service questions Kathy Griffin over Trump-beheading video

The Secret Service interrogated comedian Kathy Griffin for more than an hour on Monday over her May 2017 photo in which she pretended to decapitate President Trump, according to journalist Yasher Ali.
By Lucas Rowe | Jul 07, 2017
The Secret Service interrogated comedian Kathy Griffin for more than an hour on Monday over her May 2017 photo in which she pretended to decapitate President Trump, according to journalist Yasher Ali. Ali, who writes for New York Magazine and the Huffington Post, tweeted the news on Tuesday.
Griffin has not yet confirmed the FBI interrogation. But she announced last month that the Secret Service has been formally investigating her since June 2, and that the investigation is still officially ongoing. Her lawyer, Dmitry Gorin, told reporters last month that his client intends to cooperate with the investigation but said that the formal inquiry amounts to needless harassment of a TV entertainer.
"She exercised her First Amendment rights to tell a joke," Gorin said. "When you look at everything in the media, all the times entertainers make videos or express themselves in other ways, you've never seen an entertainer, let alone a comedian, be subject to a criminal investigation."
If the questioning did take place, it would not be the first time an entertainer has attracted unwanted attention from the Secret Service. Ted Nugent was under a brief investigation in 2012 for several provocative comments that he made against Obama, such as the statement that he would be "dead or in jail by this time next year" if Obama is reelected president.
Griffin has apologized for the photo since it went public May 30. But she has still lost numerous sponsorships, had many upcoming standup-comedy tour gigs cancelled by the venues, and has lost several jobs, including her role as co-host with Anderson Cooper of CNN's New Year's Eve special.
Trump had condemned the image as "sick" and said that it traumatized his family, especially his youngest son, the 11-year-old Barron. Donald Trump Jr., his eldest son, called on employers to drop Griffin.

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