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Stephen Colbert turns Donald Trump Jr. scandal into Bond movie plot

Cue the Bond trumpet blare

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Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer might as well be a plot point from a James Bond movie, if you listen to the way Stephen Colbert tells it. Returning to The Late Show Monday night after the July 4th break, the host added some 007-appropriate sound cues to accompany his deep dive into the latest scandal rocking the Trump administration.

The New York Times reported Trump Jr. met with a lawyer named Natalia Veselnitskaya during the last presidential election with the purpose of obtaining damning information about Hillary Clinton. Through statements issued by his lawyers, he admitted to the meeting, which also included his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, as well as his intent.

“You took the ‘ooo’ right out of my mouth,” Colbert said as his audience booed Trump Jr. “I mean, you could knock me over with whatever you use to knock over someone who isn’t the least bit surprised.”

The late-night personality further laid into “Don Jr.” for claiming to not know the identity of the lawyer ahead of time since the meeting was set up by a contact at the Miss Universe pageant, Rob Goldstone. “Don Jr. claims he didn’t know her name, but it turns out she’s a Kremlin-connected lawyer named… Natalia Veselnitskaya,” he said, pausing for dramatic effect as the Bond music blared. “Although she also answers to her Bond Girl name, Corruption Galore.”

The sound cues continued as he dug in further: “Now remember, Donald Trump Jr. was there to receive damaging information about Hillary Clinton, but he was disappointed by [cue the music] Natalia Veselnitskaya, saying, ‘her statements were vague, ambiguous, and made no sense.’ So I assume she was immediately hired as a Trump speech writer. Instead [cue the music] Natalia Veselnitskaya changed the subject to Russian adoption.”

Colbert believes “you cannot talk about the facts of this story without sounding like a crazy person.”

“We’re supposed to believe that during the height of the presidential campaign, on the advice of a guy he met at the Miss Universe pageant, Don Jr. said, ‘Hey, Jared, Paul, I know you guys are a little busy right now, but I need you to come to a meeting.’ ‘With who?’ ‘I don’t know.’ ‘About what?’ ‘I’m not telling you.’ ‘Okay, we’re in.’ Now that’s his story,” Colbert questioned.

Watch Colbert’s Bond-style takedown in the clip above.