Stephen Colbert never lets a White House scandal go without his two cents, and the allegations that President Donald Trump attempted to call off an investigation into his ousted National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is no exception.
“There’s no getting around it: there’s a huge scandal out of the White House. No, not that scandal, or the one before that, or the one tomorrow,” Colbert said in a video posted online. “Although, technically, they’re all part of one big scandal stroganoff.”
The White House denied a New York Times report that Trump asked FBI Director James Comey — who he fired last week — to shut down their investigation into Flynn.
The Times cited a memo that Comey wrote after his meeting with the president a day after Flynn resigned following revelations that he had discussed Russian sanctions with the country’s Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on a phone call in December of 2016.
“That is, uh, yeah, that is definitely obstruction of something,” Colbert said. “I can’t put my finger on what it’s obstruction of. Oh, it’s obstruction of just … a second, I’ll think of it.”
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“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump told Comey per the memo, according to the Times. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
“Yeah, he’s a good guy. Russia, Turkey, ask anybody. Trump told Comey repeatedly to ‘let it go.’ He even got Ivanka to help,” the late night host said before airing a clip from the Disney movie Frozen.
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Colbert went on to say that Trump may be the one hoping there are “tapes” of his meetings with Comey, then suggested the president take action to distract from the latest headlines.
“Maybe now is the time to release your tax returns, Sir,” he quipped.