The celebration over the FBI raid on Michael Cohen’s office continued on The Late Show Tuesday night, even if Stephen Colbert didn’t want to admit it.
“Now, a lot of people are expecting me to celebrate just because this is devastating to Donald Trump, but we’re not going to be dropping a bunch of Michael Cohen confetti tonight,” the host said. “Because the FBI got all his papers before he could shred them.”
Colbert was particularly outraged by the way President Trump described the FBI raid as a “break-in.”
“What does he mean, ‘broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys?’” he asked. “They didn’t break in, they used a search warrant. ‘Did you see what they did to my attorney? They broke into his office, stole a bunch of damning evidence. I think they might kidnap him to jail.’”
“Here’s the thing: the Cohen raid was planned, approved, and re-approved by multiple, actual Trump appointees, including Rod Rosenstein, the Republican prosecutor handpicked by Trump to serve as deputy attorney general,” Colbert said, before revealing the Tuesday morning tweet in which the president declared, “Attorney–client privilege is dead!”
“Well, it is for you, because it turns out paying $130,000 to shut up a porn star right before the election is a violation of campaign finance law,” he told Trump. “And knowingly lying to a bank about why you need the 130-grand is bank fraud. And attorney-client privilege doesn’t apply if they’re investigating a crime jointly undertaken by the attorney and the client.”