Seth Meyers took “A Closer Look” at the leaked Panama Papers and their implications on Monday’s Late Night. The Panama Papers are millions of documents leaked from the Mossack Fonseca law firm that reveal how the wealthy and powerful use Panama as a haven to avoid taxes. Some very high-profile names have been implicated in the leak, like the prime minister of Iceland, who was forced to resign following the leak. But there are also names of celebrities, like Jackie Chan and Simon Cowell, who may not have done anything wrong.
Another powerful person implicated by the Papers is Vladimir Putin, but Meyers says it’s a shame Chan and Putin are “showing up together in anything other than Rush Hour 4: Russian Hour.” The Papers don’t name Putin, but they suggest he has been funneling money through a famous cellist, and his judo master. Maybe he’s preparing for Rush Hour 4, after all?
One of the founders of Mossack Fonseca law firm, which helps wealthy foreigners set up shell companies to avoid taxes, tried to avoid responsibility by saying they are “like a car factory who sells its car to a dealerâ€¦and he sells it to a lady that hits someoneâ€¦. The factory is not responsible for what is done with the car.” But Meyers points out it’s more like, “you made a car, left the car running outside a bank, and loudly yelled, ‘I hope no bank robbers use this as a getaway car!'”