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Late Night Tackles Stormy Daniels

Stephen Colbert is a little queasy about the latest Trump-Stormy Daniels news

"Just when you think there can't be more presidential porn star news, suddenly there's a bumper crop," Stephen Colbert said on Monday's Late Show. Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who says she had an extramarital affair with President Trump in 2006 and 2007, taped an interview with 60 Minutes last week, and Trump's lawyers are reportedly trying to stop it from airing on Sunday. "Huh, why would Donald Trump be scared of a show whose logo is a ticking clock slowly counting down the seconds until the time is up?" Colbert joked. "But here's the thing: Stopping someone from talking is called prior restraint, and the American legal system almost never allows such prior restraint of speech," he said, brandishing a Big Lebowski clip to prove it.

Daniels is so eager to get out of her nondisclosure agreement she wants to give back the $130,000 in apparent hush money, and she believes if Trump takes back the money, she's free to release any text messages, photos, and videos she might have of Trump. "Wait a minute, videos?" Colbert said. "Does that mean there's a Donald Trump sex tape?" He suggested an appropriately inappropriate title, had second thoughts — "we don't need to go that low," he said — then took the relative higher road with a report that Trump is "giddy" about being able to "break free of John Kelly's restraints." Wait, "up till now he was restrained?" Colbert asked in alarm. "And now he's broken free of his restraints? Quick, get a tranquilizer gun and shoot me with it!" Watch below. Peter Weber