“Late Night with Seth Meyers” brought us a new “A Closer Look” on Thursday night, and this one was a bit of a catch-all for all the current weirdness in the Donald Trump White House. Meyers ranged from Trump whining about the media yet again, to the new scandal with the Trump Foundation, to the prospect of Michael Cohen flipping, to the news that James Comey had himself been using a personal email account to conduct FBI business while investigating Hillary Clinton for doing that same thing.
We won’t go through all of Meyers’ comments from the nine-minute segment here, but you can watch all of Thursday’s “A Closer Look” in the video embedded above.
“So Trump has once again declared the media America’s biggest enemy. You know who’s really breathing a sigh of relief right now? ISIS,” Meyers joked. “Those guys are like, ‘I know this sounds crazy, but I think we’re in the clear.’
“Of course, Trump’s media comment came and went without a peep from elected Republican leaders. Now, if it seems to you like the GOP is cultishly loyal to Trump, you’re not alone. Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker admitted as much yesterday.”
“Late Night” then played the clip that made the rounds this week of Sen. Corker, who has been at odds with Trump recently, describing the current situation in the party as being pretty much exactly like a cult.
“Oh, come on, it’s not a cult,” Meyers said after the clip. “In a cult, you have to abandon all your beliefs and have weird sex with a bunch of people, and — okay, maybe it’s a cult.”
After throwing some zingers about the budding Trump Foundation scandal, Meyers discussed the current situation with Trump’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen, whose office and home were raided by investigators a while back. And Cohen now reportedly expects to be arrested very soon.
“In fairness, he’s probably been expecting to be arrested for years. Cohen probably RSVPs to weddings ‘yes, unless indicted,’ ” Meyers joked. “Trump and his inner circle are clearly very nervous about Cohen. There’s probably no one closer to Trump and his personal finances. And Trump’s confidants admit that if Cohen were to turn on Trump, he could cause Trump real damage.
“One former White House official told Vanity Fair, ‘Trump should be super worried about Michael Cohen. If anyone can blow up Trump, it’s him.’ I’m sorry, but Donald Trump has already blown up. He’s blown himself up a thousand times but somehow he keeps walking away. He’s President Wile E. Coyote.”
To wrap up the segment, Meyers talked about the thing that is probably the biggest news item of the week — and it’s not Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un.
“Trump has claimed Comey was biased against him. Today, the Justice Department inspector general finally released a report on Comey’s actions during the 2016 campaign. And, if anything, this report makes it clear that Comey helped Trump by reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails just days before the election,” Meyers said. “And on top of that, the report includes this infuriating detail about Comey’s own email use.”
“Late Night” then played a clip of an MSNBC news anchor describing the bit about how Comey himself used a personal Gmail account to conduct some FBI business.
“That’s right. James Comey was using a private email account while he was investigating Hillary Clinton for using a private email account. The issue that the entire election revolved around, and one of the biggest reasons Donald Trump was elected president,” Meyers said.
“So if you’ll excuse me for just one second, I’m going to put my head on the desk and mutter ‘motherf—er.’ “
And then he did just that.
You can watch all of “A Closer Look” from Thursday’s episode of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in the video embedded at the top of this post.