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Posted: July 04, 2017

Kathy Griffin interviewed by Secret Service

By Frank Luna,

Kathy Griffin is still dealing with consequences after gaining attention from a criticized photo in May. 

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The comedian, who lost her New Year’s Eve gig on CNN over a crude parody photograph that showed her holding a faux decapitated and bloody head in the likeness of President Donald Trump, was interviewed by the U.S. Secret Service on Monday.

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The interview, according to a report, lasted more than an hour.

Dmitry Gorin, the criminal defense attorney representing Griffin, said she is going to fully cooperate with the investigation, The New York Times reported. He also reiterated that Griffin was simply exercising her constitutional rights.

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“She basically exercised her First Amendment rights to tell a joke,” Gorin told the Times. “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.”

News of the Secret Service deciding to investigate Griffin and the photograph scandal came at the end of May. Now the investigation has moved into the interview process.

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However, believes Griffin will ultimately not be arrested.

Norm Eisen, a former Ambassador to the Czech Republic and President Obama’s ethics czar,  posted a tweet that suggested if the Secret Service is so concerned about Griffin’s photograph, then perhaps it should take a closer look at Trump’s recent CNN-bashing video tweet.

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Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
WOODLAND HILLS, CA - JUNE 02: Kathy Griffin speaks during a press conference at The Bloom Firm on June 2, 2017 in Woodland Hills, California. Griffin is holding the press conference after a controversial photoshoot where she was holding a bloodied mask depicting President Donald Trump and to address alleged bullying by the Trump family. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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