Colbert Thoroughly Roasts Rachel Maddow's Delivery Of Her 'Big' Trump Tax Scoop

Jamie Dimon left chief executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and President Trump appear before a White House forum on Feb. 3

"The joke in question: Why did the chicken - but first a word on chickens", Colbert said.

"I hold in my hand something very significant", Colbert said Wednesday night as he opened "The Late Show", wearing a navy suit jacket and V-neck shirt similar to Maddow's and holding up a piece of paper.

"So without further ado", he said, "why did the chicken cross the road?" They are eaten by people like Russian oligarch, Dmitry Rybolovlev.

Stephen Colbert parodied Rachel Maddow's report on President Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns, using a classic joke to poke fun at the MSNBC host's lengthy preamble. She got a standing ovation when she came onstage, which proves what a hero she is!

At the outset of her appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon", Maddow detailed the background to the issue. Why do we need them? Wouldn't Trump's taxes show whatever reasonable real estate inflow and outflow might explain what otherwise really does look like a freaky dump of tens of millions of dollars of Russian money into Donald Trump's coffers?

"You want to know if he might be acting as president with divided loyalties" due to financial entanglements, Maddow said. These are important questions I will be answering.

"It feels like a big responsibility, I've got to get it right", she said about making sure the tax info was credible and valid. It's a long tradition in the news business.

It was a coveted scoop, obtaining documents that Trump had yet to release himself.

The woman who gave the world Trump's 2005 tax returns and sent Twitter into a tizzy appeared on The Tonight Show Wednesday.

But the returns posted by MSNBC on Tuesday showed that he did pay taxes in 2005.

Maddow's almost 20-minute explanation of why seeing the president's tax returns is important and all of the things they could reveal - before telling what the 2005 documents actually showed - may have felt familiar to her regular viewers but a long tease for those enticed by the advanced advertising. The story is that he paid around $50 million dollars in federal and state income taxes in a single year.

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