President Donald Trump tweeted last week that he is personally under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. But when his lawyer Jay Sekulow made the rounds on the Sunday shows this weekend, he claimed that’s just not the case.
“Things have gotten so bad that Trump’s lawyers have their own lawyers now,” Seth Meyers said on his show Monday night. “He’s got layers and layers of lawyers. And you need layers of lawyers when you’re a liar.”
Quoting a recent Daily Beast report, Meyers noted that Trump’s staff have been doing everything they can to prevent him from saying “crazy things” online, with one official describing the game plan as “Keep him away from Twitter, dear God, keep him away from Twitter.”
“Trump’s aides are starting to sound like frontier farmers praying for rain,” Meyers said. “Of course that plan did not work,” he added, referring to Trump’s Twitter “outburst” on Friday, which included the declaration, “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt.”
Hoping for “clarity,” Meyers said that Trump’s tweet “finally gives us some clarity” that he is, in fact, under investigation. “And if there’s one thing that the Trump White House has been consistent on until now it’s that the president’s tweets need no explanation.” As White House press secretary Sean Spicer has said repeatedly, they “speak for themselves.” Apparently, not this time.
“They should,” Meyers said. “They are the president’s words, written by the president, with no interference from anyone else.”
Enter Jay Sekulow, who “tried to act as if the president had not said what he said,” leading to the “bizarre spectacle of news anchors trying to square Sekulow’s claim that the president is not under investigation with Trump’s own tweet that he is under investigation.”
After playing a series of clips of CNN’s Jake Tapper and Fox News’ Chris Wallace becoming increasingly confused by Sekulow’s claims, Meyers said, “I don’t know about you guys, but I hate it when guys with the same haircut and glasses fight.”
Meyers also took a moment in his “A Closer Look” segment to weigh in on Jared Kushner, who finally showed the world what his voice sounds like on Monday. “That’s the mastermind who tried to set up a secret backchannel with the Russians?” the host asked. “His title says senior advisor to the president, but his voice says senior at Claremont High School.”