Late Night Tackles Trump and Russia
Stephen Colbert kicked off Thursday's Late Show with Wednesday's bombshell that President Trump is under investigation for obstruction of justice. "Looks like Trump's gonna need to change that hat: Make Justice Obstructed Again," he joked. "This is a huge moment, this is a historic moment — the president of the United States is presently under criminal investigation. When the movie comes out, this will definitely be in it."
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has assembled an all-star legal team to conduct the investigation, and that appears to have Trump rattled. He is publicly floating the idea of firing Mueller, for reasons that will likely just backfire. "So Trump just ended up hurting himself with what one White House insider called 'this cockamamie scheme to get Mueller to play ball,'" Colbert said. "Now we don't know who at the White House said that, but I will point out that 'cockamamie' is Mike Pence's dirtiest swear word."
Trump was apparently stung by this news, so he took to Twitter to complain about the "phony" obstruction of justice allegations, and calling the Mueller investigation "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history." Colbert was amused. "Yes, it's just like the Salem witch trials, when those young women were accused of witchcraft and then said 'We did witchcraft' in an interview with Lester Holt," he said. He noted that the Senate overwhelmingly approved a law preventing Trump from lifting sanctions against Russia without congressional approval. "Now that looks like Congress thinks something fishy is going on between Trump and Russia ..." Colbert said, leaving it there.
On Thursday's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel also took note of Trump's "WITCH HUNT" tweeting and the president's use of #MAGA at the end. "He's even making witch hunts great again," he joked. "I don't think witches play golf every weekend. You know, the way we'll know Trump is a witch is when the White House falls on top of him." But maybe this whole investigation is a witch hunt, Kimmel said, so he turned to a witch, "Abigail Shipton" (Andy Samberg), who confirmed what we already knew. Watch. Peter Weber