Rudy Giuliani has had a hell of a week.
And late-night hosts John Oliver and Seth Meyers have both gleefully teed off on the former New York City mayor turned completely inept member of President Trump’s legal team. On Monday night, it was Colbert’s turn.
“Trump’s new lawyer—and Bat Boy’s grandfather—has been everywhere, saying everything, in no particular order,” Colbert said during his Late Show monologue. “First he told Sean Hannity that Trump, despite repeated denials, had in fact reimbursed Michael Cohen the $130,000 Cohen paid to Stormy Daniels. Trump backed that up on Twitter, then had a tweet-regweet, and claimed Giuliani just had a momentary oops-a-truthie.”
Yes, Giuliani said—among other things—that the hush money paid to Trump’s alleged mistress Stormy Daniels was “funneled” through a law firm and “repaid” by Trump. Giuliani also claimed that the repayment was built in to Cohen’s $35,000 monthly retainer paid by Trump. Then, both Trump and Giuliani backtracked on the comments, with Trump telling a media scrum, “He started yesterday. He’ll get his facts straight.”
“That’s just Rudy Giuliani using a classic legal strategy: Step one, go on every TV show known to man; step two, learn the facts of your case,” cracked Colbert.
To make matters worse for his client, Giuliani sat down Sunday with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week, and said of his “repaid” line, “This is more rumor than anything else. That’s one of the possibilities and one of the rumors.” When Stephanopoulos pressed him, saying that he’d stated it as fact to Hannity, Giuliani replied, “Maybe I did [state it as fact], but right now, I’m at the point where I’m learning and I can only… I can’t prove that, I can just say it’s rumor. I don’t know. How do you separate fact and opinion?”
Cue Colbert: “He’s right: It can be very hard to separate fact and opinion. For instance, it’s my opinion that he’s clearly lying, but that’s also a fact.”