If you’re still waiting to catch last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live on the DVR, and you don’t want the surprise ruined, then by all means, stop reading now. SNL could have given us a hundred guesses about which guest stars were going to show up and portray Robert Mueller and Michael Cohen, and we wouldn’t have come up with Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller. It was brilliant on too many levels to list – but it also gave some real hints about how this is going to play out in real life.
If you’re a fan of Kate McKinnon (and let’s face it, who isn’t) she was there too. But this time she was portraying Jeff Sessions, who was more worried about the Trump-Russia scandal than ever, even as an overconfident Mike Pence boasted that he’ll be president in a few months. The two of them decided to serve up Michael Cohen on a silver platter to Robert Mueller, which led to De Niro-Stiller pairing. Mueller’s first lie detector question to Cohen: “How’d you like that Pee Pee Tape?”
From there Mueller got Cohen to acknowledge that he’s not really an attorney, before the lie detector went berserk as Cohen claimed Trump didn’t know about the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels. Mueller then got Cohen to admit that he routinely makes shady threats on Trump’s behalf, before ultimately managing to get Cohen completely rattled. That, of course, is the big hint about how the real Mueller is going to destroy Cohen to get to Trump. We’ve all seen Cohen’s “Says who?” meltdown on CNN. His hostile, frazzled nature will get the best of him, even if he does try to cover for Trump.
Of course by the end of the Saturday Night Live sketch, it was abundantly clear that this was an homage to the roles that Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller played in Meet The Parents and Meet The Fokkers. In fact De Niro ended it by asserting that “You broke the law, and now we’re gonna catch all you little Fokkers.” You can watch the entire SNL sketch in the video below:
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report