Speed Reads

Late Night Tackle Michael Cohen

Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel do a happy two-step on Sean Hannity's Michael Cohen unmasking

President Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, "was in court today, desperately trying to keep his very small client list private," Jimmy Kimmel said on Monday's Kimmel Live. He had three clients — Trump, for whom he paid off porn star Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about their alleged affair; Elliot Broidy, on whose behalf Cohen paid a Playboy model $1.6 million after she became pregnant during an extramarital affair; and mystery Client No. 3. "And shockingly, that client turned out to be my pal Sean Hannity of Fox News," Kimmel said.

"Besides the implications that are raised, it's a big deal because Sean Hannity's been, like, the chief propaganda guy for Trump's legal team," Kimmel said, and "he never disclosed that he is also represented by a member of that legal team. If this is the biggest witch hunt in history, as they say it is, we're running out of spots on the broomstick."

Stephen Colbert let CNN unmask Hannity — "you've earned this," he said on The Late Show. But he wasn't afraid to celebrate. "Jon Stewart, after the show I'm going to come over and we're just gonna spoon," he said. "This is crazy! Cohen only has two other clients, and all he does for them is pay off mistresses. Which raises the obvious question: Who did Sean Hannity have sex with?" He had a suggestion, but didn't linger on it.

"How did Fox News let him go on the air with this massive conflict of interest?" Colbert asked. "Did he not tell them, or did he tell them and they just ignored it? I'm going to go with the first one, because I know Sean Hannity, and delivering factual information is not his strong suit." He had a brief but lovely moment of seeing Hannity's frail humanity, then ran through the Cohen court appearance, the cameo by Daniels herself, and Trump's efforts to intercept Cohen's documents. Watch below. Peter Weber