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De Niro reprises Mueller role as ‘the Boogeyman’ at man-child Eric Trump’s bedside in SNL cold open

Robert De Niro returned to Saturday Night Live as Special Counsel Robert Mueller who terrorizes President Donald Trump’s son as the Russia investigation gains steam.

SNL’s cold open featured De Niro as Mueller; Alex Moffat as clueless Eric Trump; and Mikey Day as Donald Trump Jr. 

The sketch begins with Donald Trump Jr wondering why his younger brother is still awake.  

When Eric, who is seen holding a little shark doll, replies that he thinks there’s a boogeyman in his closet, Don Jr ties to reassure him.

Robert De Niro returned to Saturday Night Live as Special Counsel Robert Mueller who terrorizes President Donald Trump’s son, Eric, as the Russia investigation gains steam

SNL's cold open featured De Niro as Mueller; Alex Moffat (left) as clueless Eric Trump; and Mikey Day (right) as Donald Trump Jr

SNL’s cold open featured De Niro as Mueller; Alex Moffat (left) as clueless Eric Trump; and Mikey Day (right) as Donald Trump Jr

The sketch begins with Donald Trump Jr wondering why his younger brother is still awake. When Eric, who is seen holding a little shark doll, replies that he thinks there's a boogeyman in his closet, Don Jr ties to reassure him

The sketch begins with Donald Trump Jr wondering why his younger brother is still awake. When Eric, who is seen holding a little shark doll, replies that he thinks there’s a boogeyman in his closet, Don Jr ties to reassure him

‘Have you been watching the news again?’ Don Jr asks Eric.

‘You can’t do that. It’s too grown up.’

Eric then tells Don Jr: ‘It says they are going to indict you.’

‘I’m impressed that you know what indict means,’ Don Jr tells Eric.

Eric then replies: ‘Indict. There’s no sugar in Diet Coke.’

‘Almost, but you’ll get it,’ Don Jr says.

Don Jr then proceeds to read Eric a bedtime story – ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

‘If there’s a word you don’t understand, just stop me,’ Don Jr says. 

When Don Jr begins reading ‘Twas,’ Eric stops him.

‘”Twas” is “it” and “was” put together, buddy,’ Don Jr says. ‘It’s a contraction.’

‘Stop,’ Eric says, indicating he didn’t know what ‘contraction’ meant.

‘You know what? Let’s just keep reading, ok,’ Don Jr says.

Don Jr then reads: ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house…Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.’

Despite Don Jr's reassurances, Eric's instincts were correct and there was a boogeyman in his closet - Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Despite Don Jr’s reassurances, Eric’s instincts were correct and there was a boogeyman in his closet – Special Counsel Robert Mueller

When Don Jr goes over to the closet to make sure no one is in there, he opens the door and Mueller appears

When Don Jr goes over to the closet to make sure no one is in there, he opens the door and Mueller appears

'Robert Mueller’s in there!' Eric says. An oblivious Trump Jr tells Eric: 'Nobody likes a fibber'

‘Robert Mueller’s in there!’ Eric says. An oblivious Trump Jr tells Eric: ‘Nobody likes a fibber’

Eric then leaves the room, leaving his brother alone with Mueller

Eric then leaves the room, leaving his brother alone with Mueller

At this point, the Trump brothers hear the sound of a door creaking open. 

When Eric says he’s worried about ‘something in my closet,’ Don Jr tries to reassure him.

‘That’s just the cheap steel Dad uses to build his buildings,’ he said.

When Don Jr goes over to the closet to make sure no one is in there, he opens the door and Mueller appears.

‘Robert Mueller’s in there!’ Eric says.

An oblivious Trump Jr tells Eric: ‘Nobody likes a fibber.’

Eric then leaves the room after taking a phone call from his lawyer, whom he asks: ‘Can I flip on him?’

Mueller then mysteriously appears at Eric’s bedside. 

‘Hi Eric, don’t be scared, it’s just me, your dad’s friend from work,’ Mueller says.

‘I’m not allowed to talk to you,’ Eric tells Mueller.

‘That’s fine Eric, it was pretty clear early on that you didn’t know anything.’

Eric replies: ‘Nope.’

‘I wish I could say the same for some of your dad’s friends,’ Mueller says.

‘Like Mr Pillow Fort?’ Eric asks

‘Manafort,’ Mueller says.

‘Mr Papa Johns Pizza?

Mueller then mysteriously appears at Eric's bedside. 'Hi Eric, don’t be scared, it’s just me, your dad’s friend from work,' Mueller says

Mueller then mysteriously appears at Eric’s bedside. ‘Hi Eric, don’t be scared, it’s just me, your dad’s friend from work,’ Mueller says

Mueller then reassures Eric that he isn't a target of the Russia investigation

Mueller then reassures Eric that he isn’t a target of the Russia investigation

'I wish I could say the same for some of your dad's friends,' Mueller says

‘I wish I could say the same for some of your dad’s friends,’ Mueller says

'Eric, I just came here to let you know that no matter what happens, America is going to be just fine,' Mueller says

‘Eric, I just came here to let you know that no matter what happens, America is going to be just fine,’ Mueller says

‘Papadopoulos,’ Mueller replies. 

‘And Mr. Cohen?’ Eric asks.

Mueller replies: ‘You might want to start calling him federal inmate 10358.’ 

‘Forget it, Eric?’ Mueller says as Trump’s son starts giggling.

‘Nope,’ Eric Trump says.

‘I’m glad we’re laughing but this is serious,’ Mueller says. 

‘That depends on how much you want to visit your family.’

To which Eric replies: ‘Oh no, that’s not good.’

Mueller says: ‘But, hey, no one knows the full story yet. No one knows what I’ve put out yet. It’s all been heavily redacted.’

‘You know what redacted is?’ Mueller asks Eric.

‘Like when my dad called Jeff Sessions mentally redacted,’ Eric replied.

In real life, President Donald Trump is reported to have called former Attorney General Jeff Sessions ‘mentally retarded.’ 

Mueller then tells Eric: ‘Yeah, yeah, that was fun. 

‘But, Eric, I just came here to let you know that no matter what happens, America is going to be just fine.

‘It’s a country full of good people,’ Mueller says.

‘Yeah, good people, like my dad?’ Eric says.

‘Let’s put a pin in that,’ Mueller says.

Eric then tells Mueller: ‘Mr. Mueller, people say you’re the worst thing to ever happen to my dad.’

To which Mueller replies: ‘No, Eric, getting elected president is the worst thing that ever happened to your dad.’ 

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