President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops MORE is getting called before the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of its ongoing probe into Russia's election inference … on the second season of Showtime’s “Our Cartoon President.”

The Stephen Colbert-produced animated series, which originally debuted in February, returns on Sunday for a seven-episode run, and viewers can expect to see a lot more of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE and his investigation into Moscow’s 2016 meddling.

Showrunner and executive producer R.J. Fried told ITK, however, that the show, which shared exclusive advance clips with ITK, differentiates itself from other Trump-bashing TV fare by spreading its satire around equally.


“I don’t think we are anti-Trump. We are anti-bad actors, bad faith policy. We go after everyone in the spectrum,” Fried said Friday. “We never look at it as, oh, we have this agenda against the president personally or anything like that. It’s not how we approach the writing.”

In the inaugural episode of the summer season, Trump attempts to class up his act with the help of Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinHouse votes unanimously to extend deadline for coronavirus small-business loan program Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Mark Penn The Hill's Morning Report - Republicans shift, urge people to wear masks MORE and prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary panel.

Fried said it’s a tight turnaround to keep the show, which is typically laid out four months in advance, from appearing stale amidst the 24/7, whirlwind news cycles.

The beginning of Sunday’s episode has Trump addressing NATO at its headquarters in Belgium, saying, “Wow, so great to be here. I don’t love NATO.”

In real life, Trump slammed the “delinquent” defense spending of member nations shortly after he arrived at the Wednesday summit, and shocked lawmakers with his pointed criticism of close ally Germany.

“We knew that NATO was happening this weekend. It was an educated guess that Trump would not necessarily get along with world leaders,” Fried said. “We address the president’s boorish behavior in front of NATO. The president was very accommodating to the plotline we prepared.”

“Cartoon President” writers are constantly updating and swapping out jokes as an episode gets closer to its airdate.

This season, Fried says, will feature a focus on November’s midterm elections, as well as Trump’s relationship with his wife, Melania.

But Fried contends the comedy isn’t just must-see TV for Trump’s foes. The summer episodes will focus heavily on House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse votes unanimously to extend deadline for coronavirus small-business loan program Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House approves .5T green infrastructure plan | Rubio looks to defense bill to block offshore drilling, but some fear it creates a loophole | DC-area lawmakers push for analysis before federal agencies can be relocated MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday Top intelligence officials to brief Gang of Eight on Thursday Over 1700 veterans ask Senate to pass statehood bill MORE (D-N.Y.), and the challenges they “are facing within their party.”

“I think the first episode is really going to hit that hard, which is just the fact that the Democratic Party is kind of going through this existential crisis right now,” Fried said.

Asked if it’s in his best interest to have Trump stay put in the Oval Office in order to keep the animated gags coming, Fried quotes his colleague Colbert, who’s been a fierce comedic critic of Trump as host of “The Late Show” on CBS.

“I love my country more than I love a joke. I think we’ll take what comes,” said Fried.

But, the Emmy nominee added, “We’ve always thought that [Vice President] Mike and Karen PenceKaren Sue PencePence and his wife voted by mail in Indiana GOP primary using old address The Hill's 12:30 Report: Senate unveils police reform bill as House works on its own bill The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Twitter says Trump violates rules with 'shooting' threat MORE — should Mike have the opportunity to rise to the presidency — they are two of our favorite characters on the show.”

"Our Cartoon President" kicks off on Showtime right after the debut of Sacha Baron Cohen's much-buzzed about new series, "Who is America?" 

While remaining tight-lipped about it, Fried, who says he had a hand in that show as a writer, said he's "extremely excited" for the British comedian's project to launch. Former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, ex-Alabama Senate candidate Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreTrump to hold rally in Sessions's hometown for opponent in Senate runoff: report Sessions-Tuberville Senate runoff heats up in Alabama Sessions goes after Tuberville's coaching record in challenging him to debate MORE (R) and former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio have all slammed Cohen, saying the "Borat" star "duped" them into appearing on the satire.