Late-Night Hosts Take Aim at Trump's Obstruction of Justice "Witch Hunt" Comments
"It’s just like the Salem witch trials: when those young women were accused of witchcraft and then said, 'We did witchcraft,’ in an interview with Lester Holt."
President Donald Trump is being personally investigated for obstruction of justice and TV's late-night hosts were armed with jokes about both the investigation and Trump's defensive response.
Stephen Colbert remarked that it's a "historic moment " that the president is presently under criminal investigation. When the movie comes out, this will definitely be in it, Colbert said on Thursday's Late Show, adding that Colbert thinks he should be be played by Hugh Jackman.
Colbert played a clip of Trump telling NBC's Lester Holt that he fired former FBI director James Comey because of how he dealt with Russia, a "made up story" according to Trump. Colbert said the investigation's special counsel Robert Mueller is not kidding around with his "all-star legal team," or, as Colbert refers to it, "The Obstruction of Justice League."
As for Trump's repeated insistence that Mueller is on a "witch hunt," Colbert said he could totally see the comparison. [Trump continued to claim the investigation was a witch hunt on Friday morning.]
“Yes, yes, it’s just like the Salem witch trials: when those young women were accused of witchcraft and then said, 'We did witchcraft,’ in an interview with Lester Holt."
Jimmy Kimmel also focused on Trump's "witch hunt" comments, inviting a witch to Jimmy Kimmel Live!, played by Andy Samberg, to talk about the news.
Kimmel asked Samberg if he, as a witch, thought that what Trump was experiencing was a witch hunt.
"No, of course not, I've been hunted and it's nothing like this," said Samberg in character.
Case closed for Kimmel, who said, "You've heard it from a witch, this is not a witch hunt."
Seth Meyers was lighting the candles for a belated celebration of Trump's birthday on Late Night when he was "interrupted" by a compilation of breaking news clips announcing Mueller's obstruction of justice case. Meyers promptly put out the birthday candles with a fire extinguisher.
The host laughed at the timing of the announcement, coming just days after Trump and his lawyer declared him completely "vindicated." He talked about how Trump brought the case against himself, trying to pressure Comey to announce he wasn't personally under investigation and then firing him when he wasn't, bringing about a personal investigation.
"I want to get rid of this boomerang," said Meyers in his Trump impression. "Oh I know, I'll throw it."
Meyers didn't just target Trump in his criticism, he also pointed out the hypocrisy of Kellyanne Conway and Newt Gingrich attacking the FBI for not being fair. He played clips of Conway saying the FBI doesn't investigate unless there's a "there there."
During the Closer Look segment, Meyers said it's important to not just focus on Russia and the related investigations, but also to keep in mind that the Senate is trying to pass a healthcare bill in secret.
"The FBI is investigating Donald Trump for obstruction of justice," said James Corden on his Late Late Show. "Now, I don't know if Trump obstructed justice but I'll tell you what he has obstructed: my ability to talk about anything other than Trump every night on this show.
"Let's be honest, that's the real crime isn't it?" he continued, exasperatedly, saying, "I don't want to be doing this. I want to be talking about whether or not Beyonce has had her twins yet!"
He tried to decipher Trump's tweets in which the president tried to deflect attention off of himself by blaming Hillary Clinton, calling her "Crooked H." Corden said it sounds like Trump was referring to a member of the Wu-Tang clan or trying to describe the letter "K."
"Why is Donald Trump still tweeting about Hillary?" he asked, calling Trump "that guy who swears he's over his ex but then spends the entire night telling you exactly how over her he is."
Trevor Noah is also over Trump defending himself by bringing up Hillary Clinton, hundreds of days after the election has ended.
"Oh come on, how long is Donald Trump going to be talking about Hillary Clinton?" asked the Daily Show host. He said the grim reaper will one day visit Trump in a hospital bed and Trump will bring up "Crooked Hillary."
"And then the Grim Reaper will say. 'I am Crooked Hillary.'"
Conan O'Brien began his Conan monologue with a Father's Day joke, saying that Trump's children are giving him a tie: "It'll be the first time in a while that Trump has a tie that's not linked to Russia.
"This is serious stuff," he continued. "President Trump is under investigation for obstruction of justice. That was confirmed today, when President Trump said he is not under investigation for obstruction of justice — that's how you know it's really happening."
On Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon said the Trump investigation could end up costing him the presidency. In his Trump impression he added, "Okay, now give me the bad news."
That the news came on his birthday marked "the first time someone blew out their candles and everyone else's wish came true," joked Fallon.