After having all of last week off, Stephen Colbert returned just in time to break down the New York Times report that Donald Trump Jr., along with Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner, attended a meeting with a Russian lawyer after they were promised possibly damaging information about Hillary Clinton as well as the subsequent (and contradictory) statements released by Trump Jr.
“There is no evidence of collusion or even the desire to collude with the Russians by anyone in the Trump campaign … is something that was true 48 hours ago” Colbert deadpanned. “You could knock me over with whatever you use to knock someone over who isn’t the least bit surprised.”
Colbert went on to read out both of Trump Jr.’s explanatory statements in their entirety, also taking on the roles of Manafort and Kushner in a playlet he called Collusion.
“We’re supposed to believe that during the height of the presidential campaign, on the advice of a guy he met at the Miss Universe pageant, Don Jr. said, ‘Hey Jared, Paul, I know you guys are a little busy right now, but I need you to come to a meeting. With who? I don’t know. About what? I’m not telling you.’ ”
Obviously, Colbert wasn’t the only late-night host to go after Trump Jr. last night, and a lot of people have taken to Twitter to mock him, including the New York Review of Books. This story surrounding the president’s son and this meeting with Russia is far from over so, if last night was any indication, Trump Jr. is in for a bruising couple of weeks.