8:07pm PT by Patrick Shanley
Late-Night Hosts Celebrate Federal Agents' Raid of Trump Lawyer's Office
Late-night hosts weighed in on the news that federal agents raided the office of President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, today, seizing records on topics including a $130,000 payment made to a porn actress, Stormy Daniels (born Stephanie Clifford), who says she had sex with Trump more than a decade ago.
On The Daily Show, host Trevor Noah shared his sympathy for CNN's "breaking news violinist" for having to play dramatic music for such a lengthy news flash. Noah then joked, "It's just nice knowing that, in 20 years, teachers won’t be able to give a history lesson without explaining what a pornographic actress is."
Over on The Late Show, Stephen Colbert showed footage of Trump aboard Air Force One, denying knowledge of Cohen's having made a payment to Daniels. "He knows nothing," Colbert said. "Trump trusts his lawyer so much that he lets him do stuff he doesn't know about, in his name, for reasons he doesn't understand. That's like saying, 'Doc, put me under and take whatever organs you want. Dealer's choice.' "
Speaking about the federal raid, Colbert said, "Remember, Michael Cohen says he paid off Stormy Daniels out of his own pocket, which is crazy. Who pays for porn?"
On TBS' Conan, Conan O'Brien joked, "The FBI raided the offices of President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Out of habit, Cohen offered the agents $130,000 to keep the whole thing quiet."
For his part, Late Night host Seth Meyers joked that it didn't take federal agents long to find records related to payments made to Daniels as he pointed to a picture of a file cabinet with the label "Payments to Porn Stars."
Over on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, host Jimmy Kimmel noted that the FBI "barged in" to Cohen's office "like the Donald himself storming into a beauty-pageant dressing room."