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Kathy Griffin Questioned By Secret Service

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Comedian Kathy Griffin has reportedly been questioned by the Secret Service after posing with a bloodied fake head of President Donald Trump in May.

Griffin was questioned for over an hour about the incident, which cost her several contracts and the position of co-host on CNN's New Year's Eve, the Daily Mail reported.

The investigation is "still not closed," according to political journalist Yashar Ali.

Griffin has already acknowledged being the target of an investigation. Her attorneys said in June that she had done nothing wrong legally.

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"She basically exercised her First Amendment rights to tell a joke," attorney Dmitry Gorin said, according to the Mail. "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."

Republicans were quick to comment on the news that Griffin had been taken in for questioning.

"Secret Service interviewed Kathy Griffin for one hr; they needed more time, but that's all they could stomach; agents in de-tox now," wrote former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas on Twitter, according to The Hill.

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Trump reacted to the picture by describing it as "sick." He alleged that it had disturbed his family, including his 11-year-old son, Baron.

Trump's oldest son, Donald Jr., urged Griffin's employers to drop her.

Griffin apologized for the picture in a press conference, saying that she "went too far."

"I don't think I will have a career after this," she said, the Mail reported. "I'm going to be honest, (Trump) broke me."

But she maintained that what was happening to her was unjustified.

"What's happening to me has never happened ever, in the history of this great country, which is that a sitting president of the United States and his grown children and the first lady are personally, I feel, trying to ruin my life -- forever," she added.

She went on to call Trump a bully and alleged that she had received death threats.

"You know what, I'm going to make more fun of him now," Griffin added, the Huffington Post reported.

Griffin has kept her word, posting a tweet in which she criticized Trump for attacking news anchors and stand-up comics, before going on to attack the Republicans' health care reform which the president supports.

An attempt by the Post to get a comment from Griffin on the latest development produced no response.

Sources: Daily Mail, Huffington Post, the Hill / Photo credit: The White House/Flickr, Samantha Quigley/Wikimedia Commons, Joyce Boghosian/Wikimedia Commons

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