Late-night host Stephen Colbert traveled to Capitol Hill for a Friday “The Late Show” segment to look into the House Intelligence Committee’s ongoing Russia investigation and deliver his own “memo” to the committee’s ranking member.
Colbert visited Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffJan. 6 panel subpoenas four ex-Trump aides Bannon, Meadows Schiff: Criminal contempt charges possible for noncooperation in Jan. 6 probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks MORE (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, and began by showing him a photo of Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerHouse panel tees up Trump executive privilege fight in Jan. 6 probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US prepares vaccine booster plan House panel probing Jan. 6 attack seeks Trump records MORE, a White House senior adviser and President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE’s son-in-law.
“I want to show you a couple of photographs here. You don’t have to say a word — the eyes are the window to the soul,” Colbert said. "Are these people guilty?"
Schiff laughed as Colbert showed him a photo of Kushner, to which Colbert responded, “It’s so funny how much time he’ll spend in jail.”
Colbert then showed Schiff a photo of Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpHow Trump uses fundraising emails to remain undisputed leader of the GOP Donald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents MORE
“I really can’t comment on this,” Schiff said.
“Oh, it’s bad,” Colbert responded. “Really bad.”
The comedian then presented Schiff with his own “memo” similar to the two documents recently released by Democrats and Republicans on the committee. Colbert asked the California Democrat to read the memo out loud.
“It says, ‘Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: Pelosi announces date for infrastructure vote; administration defends immigration policies LIVE COVERAGE: Ways and Means begins Day 2 on .5T package Biden faces unfinished mission of evacuating Americans MORE is a,’ and then it’s redacted,” Schiff said.
Nunes (Calif.) is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
“We’re not allowed to release that information,” Colbert said. “CBS won’t let me say it on air either.”
Later in the segment, Colbert visited the office of Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeBiden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Biden to nominate Jane Hartley as UK ambassador: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Voting rights will be on '22, '24 ballots MORE (R-Ariz.), saying he was the “only Republican” who would read his memo on television.
“Do you have any guesses as to what it might say underneath?” Colbert said, referring to the redaction about Nunes.
“Californian? Public servant? Former dairy farmer?” Flake guessed.
“Former dairy farmer? Really? Because he seems to be milking it right now,” Colbert replied.
Colbert’s segment comes weeks after the two dueling memos were released. The memo authored by Nunes alleged abuse of surveillance powers at the Justice Department, while the Democratic memo rebutted those claims.