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Seth Meyers is understandably puzzled to learn that several Trump cabinet nominees, slated for confirmation by the Senate, have failed to complete their basic FBI background checks. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who demanded the completion of all ethics and background checks for Obama nominees, doesn’t seem too concerned now.

The Trump cabinet vetting seems particularly weak, as the Late Night host notes, in a case like Rick Perry, who will take over the Energy Department and its responsibility for our nuclear arsenal — despite his “C” grades in high school physics and chemistry.

And then there’s Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, who said he liked the Klan until he found out that some of their hooded goons smoke weed. (He was only kidding!)

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In a Monday court filing, the Justice Department asked a federal court not to unseal the affidavit showing probable cause for the warrant to search Mar-a-Lago, giving reasons that underscore the hot water Donald Trump appears to be in.

Disclosing the affidavit now would, according to the filing, “cause significant and irreparable damage to this ongoing criminal investigation.” It would do that by revealing, “among other critically important and detailed investigative facts: highly sensitive information about witnesses, including witnesses interviewed by the government; specific investigative techniques; and information required by law to be kept under seal.”

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Members of the Trump orbit, including Lara Trump’s husband, Eric, deployed to Fox last week offering the expected furious defenses of the former president and denunciations of the FBI’s probe. But if there’s any value whatsoever in putting a former president’s relative on staff, surely it is in the aftermath of such an event, when she might have both rare access to credible information and a willingness to reveal it.

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