Comics, including Trevor Noah and Seth Meyers, discussed Jeff Sessions Senate testimony and the possibility that Trump will fire Robert Mueller
Late-night hosts addressed a number of controversies engulfing the Trump administration, including the Republican healthcare bill, the fate of the special counsel Robert Mueller, and Jeff Sessions testimony about the Russia investigation.
Trevor Noah of The Daily Show began by mocking the notion that Trump is committing political suicide.
I think at some point were going to have to stop saying Trump is committing political suicide, all right? Donald Trump dont die, people. Donald Trump is the Transformers movies of politics. No matter how bad it gets, its never over.
Noah went on to address rumors, planted by Chris Ruddy, a journalist and friend of the president, that Trump is considering firing Mueller, who is currently investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
So some guy is just guessing that Trump is thinking of firing Mueller? Well, no shit, Shivambu, Noah quipped. Trump is always thinking about firing someone. Its who he is. Right now, at this very moment, hes probably watching the White House gardener out the window, going: Maybe if I fire him, Russia will disappear?
I know its exciting to think about Trump sabotaging his presidency, Noah added, but this is a rumor, no more, no less. Why waste energy on speculative crazy when theres so much actual crazy to focus on?
Seth Meyers of Late Night discussed the GOP healthcare bill in the Senate.
Now, Trump complained that there are no Democrats who support the GOP healthcare bill, Meyers began, but thats because there are no Democrats who know whats in the GOP healthcare bill. In fact, Republicans are engaged in one of the most breathtakingly cynical acts of governance in modern history.
Meyers continued: Theyre trying to write and pass a healthcare bill without telling anyone whats in it. The bill is so unpopular that, according to reports, Senate republicans are working to finish their draft bill but have no plans to publicly release it.
Meyers went on to discuss reports that the president, more so than ever, has been obsessively watching cable news.
Thats right, Meyers joked. The president is obsessively watching cable news, so at least he has one thing in common with all of us. Ive watched so much cable news in the last seven months Im pretty sure Ive memorized Chris Hayes blazer rotation.
Stephen Colbert, of The Late Show, focused on Jeff Sessions Senate testimony on Tuesday, in which the attorney general remained opaque about the substance of his reported meetings with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.
Everybodys talking about Americas favorite new reality TV show: So you think you can testify about Russia. Todays contestant: attorney general and last surviving Little Rascal Jeff Sessions. I think he was Spanky, wasnt he?
There has been a lot of conjecture about the Trump campaign colluding with the Russians, Colbert continued, and Sessions was part of the campaign as the first senator to endorse Trump. But Sessions was having none of it.
Sessions claimed to have had no contact with Russian officials during Trumps campaign, Colbert said, referencing past statements by the attorney general denying the meetings. But we later found out that he met with the Russian ambassador twice. But he is almost, completely, 100%, pretty sure he didnt do it a third time, maybe.
Sessions stopped short of invoking executive privilege in his testimony Tuesday, though he refrained from answering several questions by floating the possibility of its invocation in the future.
Let me get this straight, Colbert said. Youre not answering even though the president hasnt claimed executive privilege? And you havent claimed executive privilege? So what are you claiming? White privilege?
Thats a classic legal strategy. Can you tell me where you were on the night of the murder?
Why dont you tell me where I was?, Colbert said, impersonating Sessions. If you dont know, I must be innocent.