President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 MnuchinOn The Money: Trump signs first 2019 'minibus' spending package | Mueller probing transactions by Russian organizers of Trump Tower meeting | Stocks brush off trade fears On The Money: Cohen reportedly questioned over Trump dealings with Russia | Trump hails economy | Tells workers to 'start looking' if they want a better job | Internal poll shows tax law backfiring on GOP Trump announces tariffs on 0B in Chinese goods 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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiSinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act Internal RNC poll shows Pelosi is more popular than Trump: report Indicted lawmaker angers GOP with decision to run for reelection MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump slams Sessions in exclusive Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation 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 PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump rips 'ridiculous' spending bill | FBI dragged into new fight | Latest on Maryland shooting The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — GOP again has momentum on Kavanaugh rollercoaster The Hill's 12:30 Report — Falling Trump approval worries GOP | Florence nears coast | Trump touts Puerto Rico response 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 MooreGAO investigating after employee featured in Project Veritas video Roy Moore dismisses Kavanaugh accusation: 'So obvious' when claims come 'just days before a very important event' DOJ looking into 'concerning' behavior by employee in Project Veritas video MORE (R) and former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio have all slammed Cohen, saying the "Borat" star "duped" them into appearing on the satire.