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Stephen Colbert is disturbed by the erupting scandal over White House security clearances. He wants to know the names of the 25 individuals who got access to sensitive classified information despite “possible foreign influence” in their background not to mention “concerning personal behavior, drug use, and criminal conduct.” (Hint: Unscramble “Ivared” and “Janka.”)

Evidently Trump aides overrode the whistleblower who flagged these security risks because such worrying behavior “occurred in the past.” So what if some top administration staffers were compromised last year, or last week. At least there’s no proof they’ve done anything wrong in the future. Yet.

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