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Late Night Isn’t Surprised
When President Trump fired James Comey in 2017, the F.B.I. was spooked enough that it opened an investigation to determine if the president was working on behalf of the Russian government, The New York Times reported on Friday. Late-night hosts have been wondering aloud about the same question for years.
Stephen Colbert, for one, said on Monday that he doesn’t know what all the fuss was about this weekend. He introduced a new mock game show evaluating the president, called “Evil or Stupid?”
“The New York Times revealed that after Donald Trump fired James Comey in 2017, the F.B.I. opened an inquiry into whether Trump was secretly working on behalf of Russia. I think that’s ridiculous: There’s nothing secret about it.” — STEPHEN COLBERT
“This morning, Trump flat-out told reporters, quote, ‘I never worked for Russia.’ You know what that means: He’s doing it for free. It’s possible he’s a traitor and a bad negotiator.” — JAMES CORDEN
“President Trump told reporters today that he has never worked for Russia. ’Cause you know what they say: It ain’t work if you love what you do!” — SETH MEYERS
Jimmy Fallon joked that Trump might not have the professional skills to work for Vladimir Putin anyway.
“It came out that back in 2017, the F.B.I. started investigating whether Trump was secretly working for Russia. When asked if Trump ever worked for him, Vladimir Putin said, [impersonating Putin] ‘No, he’s more like unpaid intern.’” — JIMMY FALLON
‘Like One of His Businesses’
As the historically long government shutdown stretches on, late-night hosts continue to keep up a drumbeat of criticism. James Corden on Monday criticized Trump, saying his conduct during the shutdown wasn’t out of character
“Eight hundred thousand Americans are now working without getting paid. So, as promised, Trump really is running the country like one of his businesses.” — JAMES CORDEN
“Over the weekend, I saw that Washington, D.C., was hit with a big storm and got a foot of snow. The storm showed up and was like, ‘Wait, how is everything already shut down? That’s my job.’” — JIMMY FALLON
The Punchiest Punchlines (Workout Edition)
“According to new research, 60 percent of Americans say they plan to get in shape in 2019. And according to newer research, it’s now just 10 percent.” — SETH MEYERS
“I don’t know if you guys know this, but it’s only 659 days until the 2020 election. That’s like tomorrow, guys.” — TREVOR NOAH
The Bits Worth Watching
Jimmy Kimmel is doing his part to keep federal employees working during the government shutdown.
Colbert has a romantic message for MacKenzie Bezos, soon-to-be ex-wife of Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos.
What We’re Excited About on Tuesday Night
On Tuesday’s “Late Show,” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is expected to announce her first official steps toward a presidential run, according to CBS News. The Times Late-Night Comedy Committee will be here to tell you about it.