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Secret Service looking into ‘Where is John Wilkes Booth’ comment by Broadway actress

The Hill logo The Hill 9/12/2018 Brett Samuels

The Secret Service is looking into comments from veteran Broadway actress Carole Cook after she brought up the name of presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth when asked for her thoughts on President Trump, TMZ reported Wednesday.

The agency told TMZ that it is "aware of the comment," and added that it investigates all threats against the president. It did not, however, confirm the existence of an investigation.

Carole Cook posing for the camera © Provided by The Hill

Sources told the news outlet that the Secret Service wants to talk with Cook, 94, but noted that agents are not conducting an official investigation unless something more serious turns up.

Cook asked "Where is John Wilkes Booth when you need him?" earlier in the week after the entertainment news site asked her about a "Frozen" actor ripping a pro-Trump flag from an audience member's hands during a curtain call last week.

"He killed presidents," Cook's husband, actor Tom Troupe, said of Booth.

"Just keep me out of jail," said Cook, who has starred in Broadway productions of "42nd Street" and "Hello, Dolly!"

Booth assassinated Lincoln in 1865 during a performance at Ford's Theatre in Washington.


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