Stephen Colbert thinks President Trump could have been more gracious to the man some say was instrumental in his winning the election: James Comey.
Shortly after news broke that Trump had abruptly fired Comey as director of the FBI, Colbert said during his Late Show monologue, “That shows no gratitude at all. I mean, did Trump forget about the Hillary emails that Comey talked about?”
Colbert was, of course, referring to Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, an issue that Trump hammered repeatedly on the campaign trail. Nevertheless, Trump cited Comey’s handling of the Clinton email case as the reason for his dismissal.
Launching into a Trump impression, Colbert said, “Thanks for the presidency, Jimmy. Now don’t let the door hit you where the Electoral College split you.”
In a letter to Comey, President Trump wrote, “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau.” (Trump made no mention of when Comey said the president was not under investigation, and Trump’s campaign remains under investigation because of allegations staffers colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 election.
“Does everything have to be about him?” Colbert joked, before impersonating Trump. “While I greatly appreciate you telling me I am an amazing lover, I am leaving you for a younger woman on the advice of the Department of Justice.”
Colbert added, “We’ll have more on this tomorrow when they scramble to cover the whole thing up.”
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The Late Show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.