Stephen Colbert Roasts Donald Jr. in Triumphant Return to Late Night
"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert has returned from his Fourth of July holiday, and Donald Trump Jr. could be in for a very long summer.
"You could knock me over with whatever you use to knock over someone who isn't the least bit surprised," quipped Colbert of the latest revelations in the Russia collusion scandal.
On Saturday, the New York Times reported that Donald Trump Jr. agreed to meet with Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya during the 2016 campaign after he was promised compromising information on Hillary Clinton.
"It's not a smoking gun," the host added. "But it is a gun meeting with a Russian bullet about their mutual desire to smoke. Pretty damning, but Don Jr. has a good explanation."
According to Trump's eldest son, "It was a short introductory meeting. I asked Jared [Kushner] and Paul [Manafort] to stop by. We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children."
"So, much ado about nothing," mocked Colbert. "Other than the fact that five White House advisers confirmed that Don Jr. only took the meeting because the lawyer promised to provide damaging information on Hillary Clinton."
But Veselnitskaya's statements, according to Trump Jr., "were vague, ambiguous and made no sense."
"It's like saying, 'Yes, your honor, I broke into the house, but there was nothing worth stealing. So if you think about it, they were robbing me,'" deciphered Colbert.
Don Jr. was also careful not to implicate the president, adding, "My father knew nothing of the meeting or these events."
"So, we're supposed to believe that Donald Trump had no idea what was happening at the highest levels of his own campaign?" the "Late Show" host asked incredulously. "Yeah, checks out."