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Colbert concocted perfect "early drafts" of Trump's letter to Comey

"I am terminating you because of NOT the Russian investigation. Have a great summer!"


Taylor Link
May 11, 2017 7:34PM (UTC)

Shortly after news broke that President Donald Trump had fired now-former FBI director James Comey on Tuesday, the White House released the termination letter used to make the move official.

Reaction to four-paragraph document was swift and harsh as many felt the letter failed to offer a clear rationale for the firing and appeared to contain major falsehoods.

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The letter, and the questions surrounding it, became fertile grist for the writers of the "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" who offered up various imagined takes on what initial drafts of the document might have looked like.

"Dear Director Comey," the fake first draft says, "I am terminating you because of the Russian investigation. No hard feelings."

"Dear Director Comey," the next draft says, "I am terminating you because of NOT the Russian investigation. Have a great summer!"

For the third draft, "The Late Show" offered a different approach.

"Dear Director Comey: I am terminating you just 'case . . . who said anything about a Russian investigation? Is that a thing? Hugs 'n' kisses!"

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Another draft shows the White House letterhead with the text is written in Russian.

The final fake draft was perhaps the best:

"Dear Director Comey: I am terminating you because of the Clinton email investigation. That sounds believable, right? Luv ya bigly [sic]."

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Watch all of the fake drafts to Comey's termination letter below:


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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Comedy Donald Trump Fbi James Comey Late-night Stephen Colbert The Late Show

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