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Stephen Colbert kicks off "Russia Week" from the Red Square by joking about Donald Trump Jr.

While Trump celebrates "Made in America Week," the host of "The Late Show" is dedicating the week to Russia


Taylor Link
July 18, 2017 12:08PM (UTC)

Stephen Colbert will debut not one, not two, but five field pieces this week that were taped in Russia, as "The Late Show" celebrates "Russia Week" in honor of the possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Eastern European power.

The most significant story pertaining to Russia's election interference obviously involves Donald Trump Jr. and his meeting with a Russian attorney.

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"They never met with Russians, but it turns out they did," Colbert said at the start of his monologue Monday. "But all they talked about was adoption, but it turns out they talked about colluding. But the one Russian did not give them any documents, but it turns out she did. And it wasn't one Russian, it was five. This is the first time a Trump has lied about having a smaller crowd size."

Colbert was referring to reports that a Russian lobbyist, Rinat Akhmetshin, also attended the Trump Jr. meeting.

"He's reportedly a former Soviet counter-intelligence officer," Colbert informed his audience. "Of course, when it comes to Don Jr. there is not much intelligence to counter."

Akhmetshin denied to reporters any current involvement with any Russian spy agencies.

"And so you know it must be true. Remember the first rule of spy club. Tell everyone you are in spy club," Colbert joked.

The number of people who attended the Trump Jr. meeting continues to go up. At first it was four. Then it was five.

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"Then we found out there was also a sixth person," Colbert said. "Six. That's more people than are working in Trump's EPA. Who was this sixth person? We don't know. I'm guessing the guy who had to keep bringing in chairs to the conference room."

While the press hounds the White House about Trump's ties to Russia, the president is hosting "Made in America Week."

"Possibly to distract from the fact that his campaign was made in Russia," Colbert said.

Before Monday's show started, Colbert addressed his audience from Moscow. He wondered if the U.S. was entering a new Cold War.

"Let me ask the Caramel Frappuccino I just bought over there," he joked.

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

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