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Late Night Tackles Trump and Russia

Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert celebrate an early Christmas, with Robert Mueller as Santa Claus

Jimmy Fallon, more an entertainer than political comedian, has apparently been hurt in the ratings by his lack of political comedy in the target-rich presidency of Donald Trump. On Monday's Tonight Show, Fallon got pretty political on Trump, but in his own way, playing to his strengths by impersonating Bruce Springsteen singing a modified version of the Boss classic "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." You can get a gist from the first line: "You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not lie to the FBI — Robert Mueller's coming to town." It gets punchier from there, with a Fallon smile.

On Monday's Late Show, Stephen Colbert was Stephen Colbert, but he was running with a similar idea. "It feels like Christmas is here, courtesy of Robert Mueller coming down the White House chimney with a sack full of subpoenas," he said. Colbert even got Trump an early Christmas present, he said, adding, "I just hope they're not too big on you." In case you need context for all this Mueller-as-Santa jubilation, Colbert provided that background, too — Michael Flynn is cooperating with Mueller's investigation. And Colbert also had a Christmas carol, for Mueller's possible next target. Watch below. Peter Weber