Late Night Tackles Trump versus Comey
June 15, 2018

Thursday was President Trump's 72nd birthday, and Stephen Colbert got him a present he probably won't want. "Of course, the gift he wanted was the inspector general's report on the Department of Justice's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe, which was released this afternoon," Colbert said on Thursday's Late Show. "So it's time for another installment of our long-running segment, 'Hillary Clinton Impeachment Watch.'"

"Trump and his allies were hoping the report would prove that there was an elaborate 'deep state' working against the Trump campaign, and there is proof of a huge conspiracy working to stop Trump from being elected," Colbert said, "a shadowy group known as 'the popular vote.'" The report was very critical of former FBI Director James Comey — as was Colbert — but the "good news," he said, is that "the head of the FBI wasn't corrupt, just super dumb" — not that Republicans are done trying to do "whatever it takes to get Hillary Clinton out of the White House!"

"If it seems to you like the GOP is cultishly loyal to Trump, you're not alone," Seth Meyers said on Late Night. GOP Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.) thinks so, too. Meyers looked at the continued fallout from Trump's North Korea summit — "Wow, not only did Trump salute a military officer from a brutal dictatorship, but the guy gave Trump a down-low, too-slow," he joked — the new Trump Foundation investigation, and Michael Cohen's troubles before tacking the Clinton report.

"If anything, this report makes clear that Comey helped Trump," Meyers said, but the most "infuriating detail" was about Comey's email use: "That's right, James Comey was using a private email account while he was investigating Hillary Clinton for using a private email account, the issue that the entire election revolved around and one of the biggest reasons Donald Trump was elected president." You can watch him bang his head on his desk below. Peter Weber

April 17, 2018

Former FBI Director James Comey will be on The Late Show Tuesday, and Stephen Colbert previewed his interview by placing himself in Comey's interview with ABC News on Sunday night. There are twists!

"Let me tell you how seriously I'm taking tomorrow night's interview with James Comey," Colbert said on Monday's Late Show: "I read his book. Last night. I also hunkered down to watch his warmup interview with George Stephanopoulos." He ran through some highlights of that interview, suggesting that after Comey's descriptions of President Trump's appearance, "for his next job, he should go from Justice Department to judge on Ru Paul's Drag Race." Comey explained he felt free to announce the reopening of the Hillary Clinton investigation, possibly handing the election to Trump, in part because he was "operating in a world" where Clinton beat Trump. "I was operating in that world, too, and I desperately want to go back to that world," Colbert said. "In fact, I've been crawling in the back of every wardrobe I can find."

He wasn't sure about Comey's comparison of Trump to a mafia boss, though, saying Trump just "doesn't seem tough enough." Still, "like la Cosa Nostra, Trump has appointed family members to key positions," Colbert said. "But unlike the mafia, none of his relatives are competent. It's all explained in the new movie, Godfather Part 4: Oops! All Fredos."

More than 10 million people watched the Comey interview, including Trump, who lashed out on Twitter all weekend, Jimmy Kimmel said on Kimmel Live. "The White House released all their attack dogs today," Kimmel said: RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, Kellyanne Conway, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, all of whom trashed Comey. He had clips. Kimmel noted that in 2016, Sanders tweeted: "When you're attacking FBI agents because you're under criminal investigation, you're losing." "Are they losing, or are they just tired of all the winning?" Kimmel asked. "It's hard to tell." Peter Weber

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