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Stephen Colbert finds common ground with Trump over Hope Hicks

President Trump's former White House communications director, Hope Hicks, testified before a House committee on Wednesday, though "testify" might be the wrong word. "This is very personal for Trump — he's worked closely with Hicks and affectionately calls her 'Hopey,'" Stephen Colbert said on Wednesday's Late Show. To ensure that "Hopey" didn't "tell the truthy," Colbert said, White House lawyers argued Hicks has "absolute immunity" from testifying about her time in the White House. "So if you're keeping track at home, Trump aides are more immune to justice than America is to the measles," he said.

"So far, the immunity's working, because she managed to avoid being infected with accountability," stonewalling House Democrats even as to the location of her West Wing office, Colbert said. "Trump's gotta be relieved that Hicks had his back today, because reports are even though they worked closely together, they've drifted apart since she left the White House, and that recently there were several times when she didn't return Trump's call, leading the president to ask his inner circle, 'What happened to Hope?' Sir, we've been asking that question for three years." Watch below. Peter Weber