“Kathy Griffin has been interviewed by the Secret Service, in-person, for over an hour,” tweeted New York Magazine reporter Yashar Ali on Monday, July 3. “Investigation is still not closed.”
Although the comedian, 56, has yet to publicly comment on the alleged meeting, she hinted in a tweet on Tuesday, June 27, that she was under federal investigation.
“Hey, I don’t give a F anymore,” Griffin shared along with a link to a Think Progress article calling out TMZ for their “positive coverage” of Trump. “@TMZ & Harvey Levin may u NEVER b under fed investigation like I am now.”
The former CNN host’s lawyers revealed via a news conference with her in June that she is being investigated for posting the shocking contentious photo, which surfaced online May 30 alongside a behind-the-scenes YouTube video that has since been removed.
“We’re going to fully cooperate with the Secret Service in their investigation,” said Dmitry Gorin, a Los Angeles-based criminal defense attorney hired by Griffin. “She basically exercised her First Amendment rights to tell a joke. When you look at everything in the media, all the times entertainers make videos or express themselves in other ways, you’ve seen an entertainer, let alone a comedian, be subject to a criminal investigation.”
Added a tearful Griffin, “I don’t think I will have a career after this. I’m going to be honest. He broke me.”
However, despite the backlash she has received for mocking Trump, Griffin remained resolute in her contempt for the commander in chief. “I’m not afraid of Donald Trump,” she noted at the time. “He’s a bully. I’ve felt with older white guys trying to keep me down my whole life, my whole career.”
Griffin recently took to Twitter to express her continued disapproval of the president. “POTUS likes to punch down. Whether it’s anchors, US attorneys, or standup comics. Meanwhile, millions are about to lose health insurance,” she wrote in the post on Thursday, June 29.
Many politicians across the aisle have spoken out against Griffin’s controversial May photo shoot.
“Our politics have become too base, too low, and two vulgar, but Kathy Griffin’s post descends into an even more repugnant and vile territory,” tweeted Mitt Romney, former Republican governor of Massachusetts.
Griffin’s former CNN New Year’s Eve Live cohost, Anderson Cooper, also expressed his disapproval. “For the record, I am appalled by the photoshoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate,” he tweeted at the time.
Us Weekly has reached out to Griffin’s lawyer for comment.
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