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Robert De Niro back as ‘Robert Mueller’ on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Watch: ‘Saturday Night Live’ cold open

Actor Robert De Niro returned to “Saturday Night Live” this weekend in his latest appearance as special counsel Robert Mueller during the show’s cold open, paying a visit to Eric Trump inside Trump Tower.

The real Mueller had a busy week, revealing several details of his Russia investigation, including sentencing memos for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Michael Cohen, former lawyer for President Trump. In those filings and others, prosecutors linked the president to payments to two women during his 2016 presidential campaign.

All that was the backdrop for De Niro’s surprise appearance as Mueller in this week’s episode, which featured him hiding in a Trump Tower closet during a conversation between Eric Trump (played by Alex Moffat) and Donald Trump Jr. (played by Mikey Day).

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Moffat’s Eric Trump, often portrayed on the show as a childish character, is tucked into a race car bed when he tells Day’s Don Jr. that he is scared of a boogeyman in his closet. Day tries to dismiss his brother’s fears by reading a bedtime story, but when Moffat persists, Day opens the closet to reveal De Niro’s Mueller hiding in plain sight.

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Day appears not to see De Niro, who motions to Moffat to be quiet, and shuts the closet before taking a phone call, presumably from his lawyer, and leaving his brother’s room. After Day goes, De Niro appears in the room next to Moffat and speaks to him.

“It was pretty clear early on that you don’t know anything,” De Niro says. “I wish I could say the same for some of your dad’s friends.”

Saturday marks De Niro’s first appearance as the former FBI director since last month’s episode with

The skit ends with Moffat suggesting that the special counsel was the worst thing ever to happen to President Trump and De Niro replying, “No, Eric, getting elected was the worst thing ever to happen to your dad.”

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Watch the entire cold open at the top of this story.

Peter Bailey-Wells can be reached at peter.bailey-wells@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @pbaileywells.