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In “a closer look” at the CIA’s bombshell analysis of Russian operatives hacking the presidential race to elect Donald Trump, Late Night host Seth Meyers finds cause for profound concern over the president-elect’s attitude toward intelligence — in the broadest sense — and his affinity for the authoritarian Kremlin. Meyers notes his arrogance, his intentional ignorance, and his darkly comical efforts to direct attention away from this burgeoning scandal. During the campaign, he went so far as to hint that a “400-pound guy at his home in New Jersey” hacked those Democratic emails. Was he trying to frame the nefarious Chris Christie? Now, instead of taking daily intelligence briefings, he’s on a campaign-style tour of rallies, handing out hideous hats.

Should we worry that the incoming president rejects those briefings? He reassured Fox News by explaining, “I’m like a smart person.” Which Meyers describes as “a sentence that disproves itself.” Actual smart people don’t go around talking about how smart they are.

But no matter how smart he really is — or how dumb he thinks we are — Meyers warns: “We still need a full investigation [of the Russian hacks] and the results need to be made public.”

Of course, he’s right. And he manages to make the frightening facts very funny.

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