Video: Stephen Colbert Wants to Sue Donald Trump for 'Stealing my Bit'—'Better Lawyer up, Buddy!'

Host of The Late Show Stephen Colbert joked on Wednesday he will sue president Trump for "anti-intellectual property" after he stole an old comedy routine.

Colbert referenced this week's The Washington Post interview with Trump in which he criticized Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. "I'm doing deals, and I'm not being accommodated by the Fed," the president told the newspaper. "They're making a mistake because I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else's brain can ever tell me."

The Late Show host quickly hit back: "That quote about trusting your gut over the brains of the experts reminded me of someone I used to know: Me. Because when I played a conservative pundit on my old show The Colbert Report, I talked about that on the very first episode."

He then flipped to footage of the televised segment in question, aired on October 17, 2005.

"That's where the truth comes from, ladies and gentleman, the gut," the host said in the old Colbert Report clip. "Do you know you have more nerve endings in your stomach than in your head? Look it up! Now somebody is going to say, 'I did look that up, and it's wrong.' Well, mister, that's because you looked it up in a book. Next time, try looking it up in your gut."

Switching back to present-day, Colbert pointed and shouted at the camera: "Trump stole my bit! Knock if off! What's next? Is he going to drop the character and do a nightly monologue?"

He added: "That's copyright infringement. He is stealing my anti-intellectual property.

"So tonight, I am officially announcing that I am suing Donald J. Trump for stealing my old character. You better lawyer up, buddy! And somebody better than Rudy Giuliani, too."

In recent days, the president has been retweeting memes suggesting U.S. politicians, including John Podesta and Bill Clinton, should be put on trial for treason. This week he also lashed out at what he called "Angry Mueller Gang of Dems" over the ongoing probe into alleged collusion.

In The Washington Post interview, Trump again dismissed the scientific consensus around climate change, noting he doesn't see it as man-made and can't "believe" in it.

"One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we're not necessarily such believers," Trump told The Post. "You look at our air and our water, and it's right now at a record clean." Trump later added: "As to whether or not it's man made and whether or not the effects that you're talking about are there, I don't see it."

Last week, California suffered devastating wildfires that left dozens dead. Nearly 200 people are still missing, according to police officials in the region. Climate change was likely a contributing factor in the size and scope of the blaze, National Geographic reported.

"Climate change has driven the wildfire increase, particularly by drying forests and making them more susceptible to burning," the National Climate Assessment, released earlier this month, warned. "Specifically, increased temperatures have intensified drought in California."

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US President Donald Trump delivers remarks as fake snow falls at a rally in Biloxi, Mississippi, on November 26, 2018. JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
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