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As Donald Trump openly floats a possible pardon for his former campaign manager Paul Manafort, a convicted crook heading toward life in prison, the dimensions of their plot to obstruct justice are emerging. Of course, blabbermouth lawyer Rudy Giuliani spilled the story, describing how Manafort and his lawyers, pretending to cooperate with the special counsel, were actually playing a double game. Why would they torpedo their own plea deal, unless they expect presidential clemency?

For Colbert, the latest news regarding Manafort’s treachery, Wikileaks, and Roger Stone only intensifies the intrigue. And the jokes! The Late Show host describes the eccentric Tump confidant and dandy, with a suitable still, as “open-casket American Roger Stone.”

Merrily he sings: “Mueller Claus is coming to town!”

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