Although many late-night hosts are still enjoying their time off, three came back on-air this week to discuss Donald Trump Jr.’s self-released emails with humor, confusion and even a formal apology from Stephen Colbert.
“I’d like to apologize to Eric Trump,” Colbert said Tuesday night. “We always thought you were the dumb one ... We were wrong.”
This comes after President Donald Trump's eldest son released his emails from campaign season via Twitter in which he admitted to meeting with a “Russian government attorney” that said she had “very high level and sensitive information” that would “incriminate” Hillary Clinton.
Trump Jr. said he was releasing the emails because he wanted to be “totally transparent,” but this wasn’t until we found out the New York Times was working on an article after reviewing the emails in question.
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”
The CBS late-night host opened his monologue by attempting to decode what Trump Jr. must have been thinking when he thought it was a good idea to tweet out possible incriminating evidence.
“Who told him to do this? Does he even have a lawyer?” Colbert said. “Because you rarely see a cop show where the lawyer bursts into the interrogation room ands hosts, ‘Keep talking! In fact, tweet out everything you know!'”
Colbert continued to explain how most people thought of this accusation as a “nothing burger,” but with this new nugget of information it has turned into an “all you can prosecute buffet.”
And to wrap it up, he decided to give his viewers a visual on a chalk board that he calls “Figure-It-Out-A-Tron” to help figure out “the connection from U.S. to Russia.”
The connected dots around the image of Trump Jr. on Colbert’s chalk board ended up resembling the bars of a jail cell.
The TBS late-night host added his two cents through his funny skit of telephone calls. Conan showed his audience a spoof on a released telephone call between "Trump Jr." and "his father" when Russian President ‘Vladimir Putin’ interrupted to listen to "Trump Jr." admit that he’s decided to become more transparent about his allegations.
“So I gave the New York Times all of my texts, I gave CNN my Snapchat login, and I opened a joint checking account with Joe Scarborough,” Trump Jr. said in the spoof.
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
The ABC late-night host is especially glad to not be Trump Jr. this week.
“The only thing worse than being Donald Trump Jr. would be Donald Trump Jr. Jr. That would be it,” Kimmel said. “Donald Jr. is like the guy at work who opens the obviously fake document and now everyone in the office has a virus on their computer.”
Kimmel thought the irony of the situation was hilarious considering Trump spent the majority of his campaign season reminding voters of his opponent’s email scandal during her time as Secretary of State, but now it’s his own family name caught in the same situation.
“It is funny though that after Donald spent a year hammering Hillary about emails ... he may get brought down by an email," he said. "It’s like rain on your wedding day.”
After he finished his thoughts, Kimmel invited his Kellyanne Conway puppet back to the show to give the inside scoop on the situation.
“Jimmy, those are alternative facts,” the puppet said. “There’s absolutely no evidence to suggest he met with anyone at all.”
Kimmel then reminded the Conway puppet that there is in fact evidence since he tweeted it himself.
“That’s fake news. Why would he do that?” the puppet asked.