Comics, including Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah, addressed reports that Donald Trump Jr met with a Kremlin-linked Russian attorney last June
Late-night hosts returned on Monday after a brief hiatus to address the latest developments in the ongoing probe into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
Trevor Noah of Comedy Central began: Ever since Donald Trump became chairman, theres been one question on everyones intellects: why? What kind of God would do such a thing?
No, the other question thats been on everyones mind is: did the Trump campaign collude with Russia? he continued. Its the subject of investigations by the House, the Senate and the FBI. But according to Trumps people , not only was there no collusion, they barely even know what a Russian is.
One after another, we maintain learning about more members of the Trump campaign who did meet with Russians during or after the campaign. But none of those meetings appeared quite as bad as the one we found out about yesterday, Noah explained, referring to the damning New York Times report that the presidents son Donald Trump Jr gratified up with a Kremlin-connected lawyer in June 2016 expecting clay on then candidate Hillary Clinton.
Now, if youre looking for evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia, this seems like a smoking gun. But Jr has a very different take, Noah said, detailing Trump Jrs statement in which he claimed he was promised compromising information about Clinton prior to the meeting but that he ultimately received none.
That is batshit crazy, Noah said. Donald Jrs defense is that he sought to collude but instead he got Russian-catfished? I dont care if you believe that Russia colluded or not with the Trumps. You have to admit that the Trump team excuses build them sound dumber and dumber at every turn. The saddest thing is, for the Trump team, the headlines today could be about Americas role in helping eventually drive Isis out of Mosul. Or it could be about the Syrian ceasefire. But once again were reminded that in a world filled with Trump enemies, the most difficult foe is themselves.
Stephen Colbert also returned from a breaking to address the Trump Jr story.
It is great to be back. I did not watch a lot of news over the Fourth of July week because I like to celebrate my love for this country by not watching whats happening to it, Colbert joked. So, this morning I sobered up and everybodys still talking about Russia. Heres the thing: Theres no evidence of collusion or even the desire to collude with the Russians by anyone in the Trump campaign was something that was true 48 hours ago.
He went on: We learned yesterday that on 9 June of last year Donald Trump Jr met with a Russian lawyer after being promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton. The session has just taken place at Trump Tower and included Jared Kushner and then Trump campaign director Paul Manafort, and proves that at the least some in the campaign were willing to accept Russian assistance. So, its not a smoking gun, but it is a gun meeting with a Russian bullet about their mutual desire to smoke.
Were 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 session. With who? I dont know. About what? Im not telling you. OK, were in.
Colbert then went on to explain the different actors pertinent to the June meeting, including Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer with whom Trump Jr, Kushner and Manafort satisfied, and music publicist Rob Goldstone, an acquaintance from Miss Universe who set up this meeting and on the day after Trumps election posted a picture of himself on Instagram wearing a Russia T-shirt.
Heres the thing. You cannot talking here the facts of this story without voicing like a crazy person, Colbert said exasperatedly, because Goldstone, who set up the meeting, did it at the request of a Russian pop starring he manages named Emin Agaralov, who is the son of Aras Agaralov, billionaire Russian oligarch, friend of Putin and sponsor of Trumps 2013 Miss Universe pageant. Trump even appeared in one of Emin Agaralovs videos.
I did not know the fall of western democracy had such a phat beat, Colbert said after airing a clip of the music video.
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