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John Oliver Says We Should Blame Congress For Enabling Trump's Scandals

16 May 2017

Oliver opened this week's "Last Week Tonight" bashing Trump's decision to fire former FBI director James Comey while the president's campaign is under investigation for possible collusion with Russian Federation. In the days since, Trump has personally taken credit for the firing, and has even threatened to release "tapes" of his conversations with Comey. But Oliver was more than a little skeptical-in fact, he called "turbo bullshit" on that. And if you don't, it's no longer on Trump.

Comey's dismissal on Tuesday set off a firestorm of speculation about how and why Trump made a decision to fire him, with some making comparisons to President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal and wondering what would become of the FBI investigation into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to interfere in the presidential election.

Oliver gave his own summary of the back-and-forth that could have occurred between Comey and Trump and expressed that it's almost impossible for Trump to surprise him at this point. "What are you doing?" Because I don't! Everything about Comey's firing was unusual. "'I was thinking of the Russian Federation investigation when I fired Comey' is the one thing that you are not supposed to say out loud".

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"It is the kind of response that makes you ask three questions: One, can he really be this stupid?"

In between Mr Oliver yelling at us like he's some Dad's Army general, there are clips of Bill English wearing a virtual reality headset, going for a run-walk (that was so two weeks ago), and posing with his spaghetti-pineapple pizza (that was so last month). "And it's entirely possible the answer to all three questions are yes". He then called on Republicans in Congress to keep pushing the investigations to continue and to press for the appointment of a special counsel within the Justice Department to look into matters. We have a system of checks and balances for situations like this, but as Oliver says, "it only works if someone f-cking checks, or balances".

"That is the equivalent of a breakup text that says "While I greatly appreciate you informing me on three separate occasions that I was the most enthusiastic, dextrous, and intuitive lover you have ever had, I must terminate your position as my girlfriend".