The House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6 resumed public hearings on Thursday and “painted a chilling and criminally insane picture of an attempt to steal the election by weaponizing the Justice Department,” Stephen said. Colbert.
Former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen told the committee that Trump phoned him on Christmas Eve 2020 to pressure him to call the election fraudulent without any evidence.
“What a great way to spend Christmas Eve,” the Late Show host said. “It was Christmas Eve and all through DC the Potus were screaming ‘the winner was me!’ / Conspiracies hung like a stench in the air, as fine and fake as the president’s hair.
The committee also read handwritten notes from former acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue about what Trump said in phone calls: “Just say the election is corrupt + leave the rest to me and to members of Congress R.”
Donoghue’s note “is the heart of the crime,” Colbert said. “The President knows there is no evidence, and he wants the DoJ to lie and say there is no is evidence of corruption, so his cronies in Congress can undo the right election.
Donoghue also said that as the president became more restless, he started making nonsensical demands such as “why don’t you grab the machines?”
“Well, that’s a very casual way to end democracy,” said Colbert, pretending to direct an order at dinner – “hey guys, why don’t you grab all the machines, I’ll cancel the election and I’ll just order a secret police for the whole board. You want to do half-sisters on fascism with me? I heard the brownshirts here are delicious.
According to Donoghue’s notes, the former president justified his outlandish conspiracy theories by saying, “maybe you don’t follow the internet like me.”
“…In the bathroom with Safe Search disabled?” Colbert joked.
On Late Night, Seth Meyers responded to the FDA’s new ban on Juul e-cigarettes. “In related news, some 15-year-olds just drilled into the Capitol,” he joked.
Also on Thursday, the Supreme Court struck down a New York gun law restricting concealed weapons. “So get moving, tourists! Meyers said. “Seriously, move on, because you’re going to get shot.”
The Biden administration has been in touch with Tesla for advice on electric car policy, despite Biden’s public feud with CEO Elon Musk. “Yeah, Biden isn’t afraid to argue with anyone he disagrees with. He still thinks he can be friends with Mitch McConnell,” Meyers joked.
And Monopoly released a “Hamptons” version of the classic board game. “Tell the inhabitants: what is income tax?” Meyers said.