Comedian John Melendez, known to millions as Howard Stern cast member “Stuttering John,” says Secret Service agents came looking for him following a prank call to President Donald J. Trump.
Last week, Melendez made a call to the White House during “The Stuttering John Podcast.” Melendez told switchboard operators he was was New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez and asked to speak to the president.
After speaking to several White House staffers, Melendez was eventually called back by Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, who transferred Melendez to the president’s direct line on-board Air Force One.
“Hi Bob,” the president began. Melendez went on to speak to Trump about the president’s upcoming Supreme Court pick and the crisis on the US-Mexican border.
In an interview with Inside Edition, Melendez said the prank led to a visit from the Secret Service. He said agents spoke to numerous neighbors asking them of Melendez’ whereabouts. He says the agents eventually knocked on his door at 10 p.m. in Los Angeles on Friday, but Melendez did not answer.
On Monday, Melendez tweeted he was now being represented by Attorney Michael Avenatti.
I have just spoken to my new attorney @MichaelAvenatti who has agreed to represent me on this. Stay tuned.
— John Melendez (@stutteringjohnm) July 2, 2018
You can listen to the entire podcast and prank call here. The prank call begins at one hour and ten minutes into the broadcast.
Here is the full transcript of the prank call between Melendez and President Trump:
TRUMP: Hi Bob.
MELENDEZ: Hey, how are you?
TRUMP: How are you? Congratulations on everything, we’re proud of you. Congratulations, great job. You went through a tough, tough situation and I don’t think a very fair situation, but congratulations.
MELENDEZ: Thank you so much, and, you know, I’m sorry to bother you Mr. President, but obviously my constituents are giving me a lot of beans about this immigration thing. I know that you did something very noble, by trying to change back with their families, but I have to answer to them. What can I tell them you’re going to do in moving forward?
TRUMP: Bob, let me just tell you, I want to be able to take care of this situation every bit as much as anybody else . It’s at top level. I’d like to do the larger solution rather than the smaller solution. You know, they’re doing them step-by-step. I think we can do the whole thing. You know, I have a good relationship with the party, you have a good relationship with the party. And I think we can do a real immigration bill. We have to have security at the border, we have to have it. I mean, look, you got 60% of the country [saying] you got to have security at the border. And that’s a good issue for the Democrats too, Bob. It’s not like it’s good for you or good for me. It’s good for both of us.
MELENDEZ: No, I understand that. No, but I am Hispanic, so I have to … I’m sure you understand.
TRUMP: Oh I understand.
MELENDEZ: You know, I have to look into my people as well. You understand.
TRUMP: I agree, I agree. So Bob, let me do this. I’m on Air Force One. I’m just coming back, we’re at an amazing rally in North Dakota, actually.
MELENDEZ: Yeah, I saw the speech. I saw the speech.
TRUMP: … You know, it’s a tough break.
MELENDEZ: No, I saw the speech. And I thought it was a great speech, but if I can just ask you one more thing. You know, Mr. President, as far as the new Justice, I’m sure you’ve heard, I’m sure you know that Justice Kennedy is retiring. And you know, Justice Kennedy was a Reagan appointee. I’m begging you, are you going to go more moderate, or are thinking you’re going to go more conservative?
TRUMP: Well, I haven’t looked, I mean I have a list of people. I have a big list of people, Bob, and we’ll take a look at it. And we’re going to make a decision. I’ll probably make it over the next couple of weeks.
MELENDEZ: Because I promise you, you will have my vote. I will help you if you don’t go too, too conservative. You know what I’m saying?
TRUMP: Yeah. Well, we will talk to you about it. We’re going to probably make a decision, Bob, over the next two weeks. We have some great choices. And be done over the next 12 to 14 days.
MELENDEZ: Alright. Well, please, you know, keep me informed. And good luck on your trip. And thank you so much for taking my call.
TRUMP: You take care, I will speak to you soon, Bob. Take care of yourself.
MELENDEZ: Alright thanks. Thanks, Mr. President.
TRUMP: Thank you, Bob. I’ll talk to you soon. Bye.
MELENDEZ: Alright, baba-booey to you.