Speed Reads

Late Night Tackles Trump versus Mueller

Seth Meyers and Trevor Noah examine the mounting evidence that Trump wants to fire Robert Mueller

"Man, crazy s--t happens so fast in this presidency, sometimes it feels like I'm binge-watching it," Seth Meyers said on Monday's Late Night, trying to digest the weekend's news. "It's like, 'He's suing the porn star? Two hours ago he said he didn't even know her! Where's my Chinese food?'" He compared Trump's shifting story on whether he had a relationship with Stormy Daniels to Trump's shifting story on whether he has a relationship with Vladimir Putin, with a compelling video montage. And he briefly recapped Cambridge Analytica's harvesting of 50 million Facebook accounts, apparently to help Trump win — something Facebook knew about for two years.

But mostly Meyers focused on the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Trump's attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Trump "spent months trying to discredit McCabe because McCabe is a key witness in the Mueller investigation, specifically with regard to the firing of FBI Director James Comey — which is the central question when it comes to possible obstruction of justice charges," Meyers said. And as with Comey, firing McCabe may backfire. "Trump is such an idiot — he keeps firing dudes who take meticulous notes," he said. "We don't know what's in those memos, nor do we know what Robert Mueller knows, but what we do know is that Trump's public behavior is very much the behavior of a guilty man."

Firing McCabe 26 hours before he can collect his pension — and his 50th birthday — seems "extra vindictive" on Trump's part, Trevor Noah said on The Daily Show. There's lots we don't know, but Trump's behavior is definitely "suspicious," and it points toward firing Mueller. "He's definitely considering it," Noah said. "You know how they say men think about sex every 8 seconds? That's what Trump does with firing people. ... So Robert Mueller, I don't know when your next birthday is, but something tells me the president may be planning a surprise." Peter Weber