The Secret Service apparently will be paying comedian Kathy Griffin a visit in the near future.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that the Secret Service has launched an investigation into “the circumstances surrounding the photo shoot” with famed photographer Tyler Shields.
After Griffin posted an image of her holding a mock, decapitated bloodied head of President Donald Trump, the agency tweeted “On it.”
The Secret Service added that threats against its protectees received the highest priority.
The agency also released a statement in response to the incident.
“The U.S. Secret Service has a critical mission. It is always unfortunate when people make statements that could be perceived as threats,” the statement read, according to ABC News. “We don’t have the luxury of knowing a person’s intent. Each alleged or perceived threat has to be investigated thoroughly which taxes Secret Service manpower and resources that could be utilized elsewhere.”
Many responded to Griffin’s viral image by calling on the Secret Service to take action.
Griffin has co-hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve special with Anderson Cooper the last several years, but the network is now “evaluating” that relationship.
“We found what she did disgusting and offensive,” a CNN spokesperson said. “We are pleased to see she has apologized and asked that the photos be taken down. We are evaluating our New Year’s Eve coverage and have made no decisions at this point.”
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