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This Thanksgiving, Seth Meyers says we can at least be grateful the Trump-Russia conspirators are so stupid

Late Night With Seth Meyers (Screenshot: NBC)
Late Night With Seth Meyers (Screenshot: NBC)

On Wednesday’s Late Night, host Seth Meyers used his “A Closer Look” segment to express some thanks for the likes of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trump advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Trump son Donald Jr. For noted Trump administration critic and comic assassin Meyers, that might sound overly generous, except that what Meyers was guardedly thankful for is the ongoing evidence of complete and potentially indictment-worthy incompetence of seemingly everyone allegedly involved with the Trump campaign’s collusion with Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Take Sessions, who, under questioning from Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) this week, claimed not to recall essentially anything about the now well-documented Russian communications he’s been caught lying about under oath. (Or even how many times he’d claimed not to recall anything in his various testimonies.) Playing clips of the incessantly grinning Sessions’ folksy testimony that those involved in the campaign “were not a very effective group, really,” and that daily campaign operations were “chaos,” Meyers suggested that the excuse “Literally, we were too incompetent to collude” might not play. Especially with notoriously dogged special counsel Robert Mueller, whose gaze, Meyers claimed, appear like “two sniper dots on your forehead.”

Similarly sloppy with both truth-telling and basic competence is Kushner, according to Meyers, who pointed to the multiple incidents where Kushner failed to disclose contacts with both Russia and Wikileaks as the sort of bumbling paper trail that will lead to some Mueller laser-dots in the near future. “It’s so amazing that these two are the ones who fell ass-backwards into a potential criminal conspiracy,” joked Meyers about these two Trump family members inexplicably placed in positions of power. Meyers also noted that, in addition to claiming he just plumb never read an incriminating email about Don Jr. and Wikileaks that he forwarded to a campaign official, Kushner had been using a—wait for it—private email server the whole time. That sounds vaguely familiar. Anyway, as you dig into your turkey, Meyers urged you to at least be thankful that seemingly no one involved in this whole increasingly apparent treachery was, in any way, capable of covering their tracks.


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