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“You know he’s watching,” Michael Wolff warns Stephen Colbert at the beginning of his latest “exclusive” interview. “He may have done nothing today but watch me on television.”

As the Fire and Fury author points out, there is little in his raging bestseller that we didn’t already know about the cheeseburger-inhaling infant in the White House. But the rest of the national media have soft-pedaled the bad news that Wolff delivers so bluntly.

Covering the Trump White House wasn’t easy, he says. “You have two sides that would be each others’ assassins if they could.” This administration is “a completely aberrant enterprise.”

Wolff defends his work ably with a dry sense of humor. “Was there anything that gave you hope while you were there? Is there anything they’re good at?” asks Colbert. “Remember, people have to go to sleep after this.” Wolff grunts, rolls his eyes, looks at the host. “Nothing,” he deadpans.

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Uncovering The Plot Against America

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Investigations of the terrible crimes committed against the United States at the Capitol last week had scarcely begun when the usual suspects launched a right-wing cover-up. Rather than blame the motley swarm of #MAGA fanatics, white nationalists and habitual criminals whom we all witnessed storming into the citadel of democracy to stop certification of the 2020 election, they pointed the finger to the antifa and Black Lives Matter movements.

But such a preposterous political alibi, premised on nonexistent evidence, won't stand up to the kind of scrutiny that must now be brought to bear on these momentous events. Long after President Donald Trump's impeachment is over and done, and regardless of whether he is convicted or not, the myriad investigations and trials of the perpetrators of the Capitol insurrection will go on for years. Justice will be done; the truth will be revealed; and the breadth of the assault on our constitutional democracy will stun even the jaded and cynical.

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