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Secret Service investigated Eminem over lyrics threatening Trump

Eminem drew criticism for playing loud sound effects at recent music festivals. (DoD News photo by EJ Hersom)
October 24, 2019

Newly revealed documents indicate the U.S. Secret Service interviewed Marshal Mathers, otherwise known as Eminem, over threatening lyrics aimed at President Donald Trump.

The President’s protective service revealed their efforts to investigate the rap star over concerns about apparent threatening references to President Trump. According to Buzzfeed, the Secret Service was tipped off to several songs in Eminem’s Dec. 2017 album “Revival.”

A 40-page Secret Service document provided to Buzzfeed revealed the protective service arranged an interview with Mathers over threatening lyrics in the song “Framed.” The Secret Service said lyrics in that song exhibited “inappropriate behavior” that threatened their “protectee.”

In the song, Eminem appears to refer to the president as Donald Duck, while talking about his daughter Ivanka being trapped in the trunk of his car.

“Donald Duck’s on, there’s a Tonka Truck in the yard, But dog, how the fuck is Ivanka Trump in the trunk of my car?
Gotta get to the bottom of it to try to solve it. Must go above and beyond, ’cause it’s incumbent upon me. Plus I feel somewhat responsible for the dumb little blonde. Girl, that motherf-ckin’ baton twirler that got dumped in the pond.
Second murder with no recollection of it,” the lyrics read.

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The Secret Service’s Protective Intelligence and Assessment Division revealed they had conducted a background check on the rapper and interviewed him in Jan. 2018.

Eminem appeared to reference the January legal interview in “The Ringer,” the lead track of his Aug. 2018 album “Kamikaze.”

“But I know at least he’s heard it ‘Cause Agent Orange just sent the Secret Service To meet in person to see if I really think of hurtin’ him Or ask if I’m linked to terrorists I said, ‘Only when it comes to ink and lyricists,'” the song lyrics read.

Earlier on in the same verse, Eminem said Trump was “nervous” and too scared to respond to him personally out of fear he would he “will lyrically get murdered” by the rapper. That song also made reference to Pence.

The Secret Service did not respond to requests for comment when the lyrics were first released, but Buzzfeed won over the release of their investigative documents through a freedom of information request.

The documents revealed the Secret Service ultimately declined any further investigation of Eminem and his case was marked “NON-REFERRED” indicating he would not face any form of federal prosecution.

“At the conclusion of the interview, Agents again offered to answer any questions. It was also explained that any additional questions about this investigation should be directed to the USSS [United States Secret Service] Office of Government and Public Affairs. Counsel then escorted Agents from Mather’s office,” the document concluded.

In July, an Indiana man pled guilty to threatening to kill Trump over a Facebook post saying “I got a big 30×6 chambered to blow his head off wait till he starts walking I’m right outside.”

Other celebrities have made threats against the Trump since he took office, including comedian Kathy Griffin posing with a representation of Trump’s severed head.