The 'Late Show' host mimicked the MSNBC host, taking his time to explain the joke, 'Why did the chicken cross the road?' — plus, Colbert has some theories about why President Trump could want to leak his own tax returns.

By Derek Lawrence
March 15, 2017 at 09:59 PM EDT

Stephen Colbert has a theory about who leaked Donald Trump’s tax return — Donald Trump.

On Wednesday’s Late Show, Colbert addressed the reveal of the president’s 2005 tax return. As he pondered whether Trump himself was behind the document leak, the host went to his trusty new microwave camera, a play on Kellyanne Conway’s recent comment about microwaves being used as a way to spy on people.

After programming the microwave to the “truth setting,” Colbert shared his theory that the tax form leak is all an attempt to distract from the president’s alleged ties to Russia and the rough reviews for the proposed Obamacare replacement bill.

“Maybe Trump did leak his own tax returns for the year that he actually paid returns, to dispel rumors that he hasn’t paid taxes for 20 years,” he said. “If you think about it, it makes sense. And if you don’t think about it, it makes even more sense.”

To open the show, Colbert mocked MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who revealed the tax documents on her Tuesday night program. Deliberate in her delivery and taking a healthy amount of time to provide context for what any revelations in the tax documents could ultimately mean, Colbert mimicked her pace and tone. Instead of tax documents, though, Colbert revealed the backstory behind a joke, “a joke that we confirm has been heard by Donald Trump” — one that required an explanation about chickens and roads.

The Late Show airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.

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