Stephen Colbert Dishes on James Comey’s Testimony: ‘There’s a Lot of Weird Stuff’

Stephen Colbert was unable to contain his giddiness.

He stood in front of his “Late Show” audience Wednesday, clutching the statements former FBI director James B. Comey plans to make Thursday morning at a Senate hearing. It was, as Colbert said, “Washington’s Super Bowl” — and the comic was going to dive into the highlights.

Comey’s prepared statements were released ahead of the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, turning into a sort of insta-monologue for Colbert. (The Post’s Amber Phillips and Peter W. Stevenson did a more serious analysis.)

For Colbert, sometimes just reading from the prepared testimony in a mocking Trump voice served as both set up and punchline.

“There’s a lot of weird stuff in these documents,” he said.

For example, Comey wrote that Trump told him “he had nothing to do with Russia. Had not been involved with hookers in Russia.”

Then, Colbert joked: “Comey replied ‘I understand Mr. President, but I just asked what you had for breakfast?’”

He also seized on the awkwardness Comey said he felt when he interacted one-on-one with Trump nine times over four months. In contrast, Comey wrote in his testimony, he met with President Barack Obama just twice — the last time was a brief visit to say goodbye on Obama’s departure from office.

After the Trump meetings, Comey said he felt the need to write down details of their interactions.

At one meeting, shortly after Trump was inaugurated, Comey says the president invited him to a meeting over dinner. Comey thought there would be a group of people, but “it turned out to be just the two of them … seated at a small oval table,” Colbert said.

“Oh come on,” he quipped. “That’s the oldest trick in the book. You invite your FBI director over for a movie saying it’s going to be a group thing. When he shows up, it’s just the two of you. Can’t make Netflix work — so you obstruct justice.”

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