“Trump’s been in more long, drawn out suits than Steve Harvey,” Seth Meyers said on Thursday, admitting that was his favorite joke of the night.
The president is “already being scrutinized as part of a wide-ranging criminal investigation of his campaign, his ties to Russia, his financial entanglements, and his attempts to obstruct justice,” the Late Night host added, so “you’d think it would be hard to add more legal problems to that list.”
And yet in addition to his ongoing legal battle with porn star Stormy Daniels, this week former Playboy model Karen McDougal sued Trump to get out of her non-disclosure agreement and former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos sought damages for defamation after the president called her a liar for alleging sexual assault.
“Wow, following this presidency is like trying to binge-watch entire seasons of Days of Our Lives, Law & Order: SVU, and Survivor on three TV screens at the same time,” Meyers joked.
“But these stories aren’t just salacious gossip,” he continued. “In each case, we’re talking about potential violations of civil and criminal law.” After showing a clip of attorneys for Daniels and Trump fixer Michael Cohen going at it on CNN, Meyers added, “Is there anything more soothing than two lawyers arguing on cable television?”
Later, Meyers mocked Trump’s inability to keep his legal team intact, with his lead lawyer John Dowd jumping ship earlier Thursday. The president reportedly tried to hire well-respected Washington litigator Theodore B. Olsen, but Olson quickly declined.
“Oh really? He didn’t want to work for Trump? I can’t imagine why,” Meyers said. “That’s like asking someone to join the crew of the Titanic after it hit the iceberg.”