President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 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) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump 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 MnuchinWorld Bank approves billion-plus annual China lending plan despite US objections On The Money: Congress races to beat deadline on shutdown | Trump asks Supreme Court to shield financial records from House Democrats | House passes bill to explicitly ban insider trading Hillicon Valley: Pelosi works to remove legal protections for tech companies from USMCA | Treasury sanctions Russian group over 0 million hack | Facebook sues Chinese individuals for ad fraud | Huawei takes legal action against FCC 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 Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Overnight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law | Michigan governor seeks to pause Medicaid work requirements | New front in fight over Medicaid block grants House, Senate Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law Why a second Trump term and a Democratic Congress could be a nightmare scenario for the GOP 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 PenceKaren Pence reveals 'Victorian Christmas!' themed decorations at vice president's residence Pence, second lady make unannounced trip to Iraq to visit US troops The Hill's Morning Report - Wild Wednesday: Sondland testimony, Dem debate take center stage 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 MooreThe job no GOP senator wants: 'I'd rather have a root canal' Former AG Sessions enters Alabama Senate race Campaign ad casts Sessions as a 'traitor' ahead of expected Senate run MORE (R) and former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio have all slammed Cohen, saying the "Borat" star "duped" them into appearing on the satire.