The late-night hosts broke down Comey's historic appearance on Thursday -- and focused on the part when he called Trump a liar

By Christopher Rosen
June 09, 2017 at 07:40 AM EDT
James Comey Testifies At Senate Hearing On Russian Interference In US Election
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It didn’t take very long for Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Seth Meyers to joke about President Donald Trump following former FBI director James Comey’s testimony at a Senate hearing this week. All three late-night hosts used their platforms to discuss the historic Congressional event on the Thursday night broadcasts.

During his opening monologue, Colbert played footage of Comey’s remarks and responded with punchlines. For instance, after Comey said Trump and his administration had told “lies, plain and simple” in the wake of Comey’s contentious ouster — chief being, per Comey, that the FBI had been poorly led under his leadership — Colbert joked that “lies, plain and simple” sounded like a good law firm name for the Trump family. The Late Show host then flashed an image of Trump and his sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, in order under the three words.

On Late Night, Seth Meyers devoted his Closer Look segment to the Comey hearing — and also focused on Comey’s branding of Trump as a liar. “Right off the bat, Comey minced no words about the president, calling Trump’s shifting explanations about why he fired him ‘lies,'” Meyers said. “In fact, Comey said he knew instantly upon meeting Trump for the first time, even before he was inaugurated, that he should start writing down everything Trump told him. Apparently, Comey didn’t exactly get the most-honest vibe off Trump when they first met.”

The host then showed footage of Comey answering the question of why he took notes on his meetings with Trump. “I think the circumstances, the subject matter, and the person I was interacting with,” Comey said of his reasons. He added, “I was honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting.”

Joked Meyers in response: “That’s the FBI director, a guy who has dealt with liars and criminals his whole life, walking out of his first meeting with the president, thinking, ‘I’ve got to write this sh– down.'”

Even Jimmy Fallon got in on the fun. The Tonight Show host also noted how Comey said he kept notes on his meetings with Trump because of fears that the president wouldn’t be honest about their interactions. Said Fallon, dipping into his Trump impersonation: “Even Trump was like, ‘Yeah, that sounds like me. Good thinking. That’s good thinking on your part.'”

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