Stephen Colbert took time on The Late Show to calculate Paul Manafort’s jail sentence and given an update on the Mueller report.
Nobody in late night has been covering President Donald Trump’s White House quite like Stephen Colbert. The Late Show has led each show with the latest from Washington and found itself on top of the ratings. But Wednesday’s sentencing of Paul Manafort may have proved that even Colbert is suffering from Trump fatigue.
Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, was sentenced for conspiracy and witness tampering charges. This came after Manafort was already sentenced to 47 months in prison in Virginia.
The charges all stem from Robert Mueller’s investigation which has been a common topic for Stephen Colbert on The Late Show. Colbert has found great amusement from the collection of investigations with connections to President Trump.
Yet despite keeping a close eye on everything Mueller, even Colbert had to step back and try to figure out exactly how much time Manafort would be spending behind bars.
Once he punched the numbers and did the math, Colbert revealed that Manfort’s total sentence comes out to seven and a half years. That still seemed like a light sentence for some who consider Manafort treasonous. But as Colbert said, there are still more charges against Manafort coming from New York. Convictions in New York would ensure that Manafort can’t benefit from a presidential pardon.
Stephen Colbert finally showed some signs of fatigue as well. It looks like doing his Trump impression every night is catching up with him as he couldn’t even get through a couple lines of it without breaking. He certainly deserves credit for sticking with it for so long. There is a good chance it has caught Trump’s attention.
In addition. Colbert is eager to get the final report from special counsel Robert Mueller. The details have been hinted at for months and months, with some news coverage suggesting it would be released sooner than later. Yet the investigation is already funded through Sept. 2019. Colbert better catch his second wind if he wants to keep up with the story.
Stephen Colbert may have to wait a while to hear from Robert Mueller. But with more charges against Paul Manafort and a host of other investigations into Trump’s circle, The Late Show should have plenty of material to keep busy until then.