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Colbert hilariously mocks Senate intel committee for avoiding question on Trump’s congratulatory call to Putin

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After President Donald Trump’s congratulatory call to Russian President Vladimir Putin for winning his ‘sham’ electionLate Night host Stephen Colbert found levity in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s non-response to the scandal.

“On Sunday, Vladimir Putin won an election rigged to prop up a dangerous strongman who is threatening Western democracy,” the host said.

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“That required a strong response,” he continued, “so Donald Trump called him up say ‘atta boy.'”

“A lot of people weren’t happy,” Colbert noted, “that Trump was giving the thumbs-up to a murderous dictator for winning a sham election.”

After playing a clip of the stone-faced bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee’s response when asked about the president’s remarks to Putin, the host mimicked their deer-in-headlights expressions to audience laughter.

“Uhhhh,” he said, before shouting “smoke bomb!” and disappearing into a cloud.

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