In his “Closer Look” section kicking off last night’s Late Night, Seth Meyers ran through his prepared jokes/“laughs that he may not cry” about the past 24 hours’ worth of scandals, revelations, alleged high crimes, and bafflingly self-aggrandizing pronouncements from the Donald Trump administration. And there was an even more bountiful/horrifying roster of nonsense to get to. Like Trump using his commencement speech at the Coast Guard Academy to claim that “No politician in history… has been treated worse or more unfairly.” The breaking story that fired FBI director James Comey claims that Trump urged him to stop investigating former national security advisor Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia. That Democrats (and independents like Maine’s Angus King) are openly throwing around terms like “obstruction of justice“ and “impeachment.” And that even Trump’s pet network, Fox News, couldn’t get a single Republican lawmaker to defend Trump on-air in the wake of the Comey news. (Which Meyers compared to “E! not being able to book a Kardashian.”)
And that’s all before Meyers dropped the late-breaking bombshell that former FBI head (and longtime Comey ally) Robert Mueller has been chosen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as special counsel for the Department of Justice, specifically to investigate all Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election (and all that other stuff Meyers ran down earlier). Saying that the Mueller announcement came just minutes before Late Night was set to tape, Meyers compared the increasingly rapid pace of these incredibly damning revelations to an episode of Law & Order. Playing a clip of Trey Gowdy (one of the only Republicans willing to speak at all about the day’s political Trump-storm) complaining that all these carefully sourced, meticulously researched news stories don’t constitute guilty verdicts, Meyers explained, “People don’t tune in just to watch the end of Law & Order.” As Meyer put it, there are a lot more [Law & Order sound]s on the way.