Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah discussed Omarosas book and the presidents legal defense strategy
Late-night hosts on Monday discussed Donald Trumps lawyers attempts to avoid a sit-down with Robert Mueller and the former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newmans new book.
NBCs Seth Meyers zeroed in the presidents legal defense strategy.
He began: President Trumps staffing decisions are really coming back to haunt him this week as his lawyers fumble their response to the Russia probe and the White House feuds with Omarosa.
In an appearance on Fox News, Trumps attorney Rudy Giuliani called the investigation illegitimate and said its going to blow up on them, referring to Robert Muellers team.
Trumps legal team is doing everything they can to put off an interview with Mueller and, in the process, theyre basically admitting that Trump cannot be trusted to tell the truth, explained Meyers, who showed video of Giuliani claiming Mueller only wants an interview so he can set a perjury trap for the president.
If there was ever a trap tailor-made for Trump, Meyers noted, its a perjury trap.
Noting that Trump is willing to answer questions about collusion but not obstruction of justice, Meyers continued: On Friday, Giuliani and one of Trumps other lawyers, Jay Sekulow, guest-hosted Sean Hannitys radio show and discussed the case. Thats right, for some reason, Trumps legal team hosted a radio show.
On the program, Sekulow claimed Mueller will compare Trumps recollection to that of another witness and determine, we believe this one, we dont believe that one, thus its perjury.
First of all, thats not how it works, Meyers shot back. They dont just interview two people. Youre thinking of lawyers who are bad at their jobs, like you guys.
Yet another close adviser to President Trump has betrayed him, Stephen Colbert began. The White House is basically a reboot of The Last Supper: Oops, All Judases.
Omarosa has written a salacious new book filled with shocking details that you already knew, he explained, referring to Unhinged, the former Apprentice stars new expos of her time in the White House. Her most shocking allegation is that she had heard a tape of The Celebrity Apprentice where Donald Trump used the N-word.
Colbert then played footage from Omarosas appearance on Meet the Press, where she said she had heard the tape and added that it confirms that he is truly a racist.
Finally, we have proof that the guy who refused to rent to black tenants, said that a Nazi Klan rally had some fine people, and called Africa a shithole is a racist, the host joked. Tear up your history books!
In the book, Omarosa also claims she saw Trump chew a piece of paper after a meeting with his former attorney Michael Cohen, writing: Since Trump was ever the germaphobe, I was shocked he appeared to be chewing and swallowing the paper.
Well, the hunt for Trumps tax returns just got way grosser, Colbert quipped. Omarosa is not just relying on her memory here. She secretly recorded her meetings in the White House, including chief of staff John Kelly firing her in the Situation Room.
In audio of Omarosas firing, Kelly wishes her a friendly departure, adding that he hoped you can go on without any difficulty in the future relative to your reputation.
John Kelly, you work for Donald Trump, said the host. I wouldnt worry about other peoples reputation.
Comedy Centrals Trevor Noah also discussed Omarosas allegations.
He began: It is one of the great ironies of all time that the Trump presidency has given us more books than ever before, which is a crazy thing because this is a guy whose favorite thing to read is the Hooters T-shirt.
Noah began by covering Omarosas claims that she heard tape of Trump using the N-word and that it confirms the presidents racism.
Omarosa, Noah replied. How can you say that about the president three years after we all said that about the president?!
Omarosa had to spend a year in the White House to learn that Donald Trump doesnt know what hes doing, the host added. I cant wait for her next book: Donald Trump, Somethings Wrong with His Hair.
In other audio of Omarosas conversation with Kelly, he says shes being fired for serious integrity violations.
Whats weird about this is that Omarosa is presenting these tapes as evidence she was treated unfairly, Noah said, referencing her claims that her conversation with Kelly constituted a threat. But from what she released, John Kelly doesnt sound that bad. If anything, these tapes may have landed Omarosa in hot water.
Noah continued: She took a recording device into the White House Situation Room. Thats the room where presidents hold the most classified meetings. Things that are too secret for the Oval Office. The Bin Laden raid was run from the Situation Room.
Noah then played the discussion Omarosa recorded with Trump, in which he responds incredulously to the news of her firing, saying, I didnt know that. Goddamn it. I dont love you leaving at all.
For a man who lies as much as Trump, youd think hed be better at it, the host said.