John Oliver Blasts President Trump's Wiretap Allegations
President Trump's first speech to Congress garnered positive media attention, starting his week off fairly well. But by Sunday, "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver couldn't help but marvel at how quickly that changed.
"For almost 24 hours, it seemed the White House might finally be getting on track," Oliver said.
But late Wednesday, a Washington Post report revealed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions met multiple times with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. during Sessions' time as a U.S. senator and surrogate to the Trump campaign; details which he failed to disclose during his confirmation hearing.
"Now, there's an obvious problem there... but perhaps the weirder thing is that was an unforced error," Oliver noted. Sessions "wasn't even asked whether he'd met with the Russians; he just implicated himself out of the blue."
"And you can sort of tell that Sessions knew he f**ked up [judging from] his expression immediately afterward," Oliver added, before playing a clip from the confirmation hearing. "He looked right at the camera! He looks like he's about to loosen his collar and audibly say the word 'gulp.'"
Sessions eventually recused himself from investigating ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.
However, "it wasn't just Sessions meeting with Russian officials last year," Oliver pointed out. "Many Trump campaign operatives including JD Gordon and Carter Page met with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, as did Jared Kushner."
And while there's "nothing inherently wrong there... it doesn't look great that every time Trump associates are asked about Russia, they respond like they're trying to hide something," he observed.
Perhaps they're all taking notes from Paul Manafort, whose bumbling answer on Trump's Russia holdings still remains horrifying. Oliver rolled a "CBS This Morning" interview with the former Trump campaign manager from last summer.
"Holy sh*t," Oliver remarked at Manafort's defense, which was "so unconvincing it probably set off and unplugged a polygraph machine just sitting in a closet somewhere."
"Look, it is not clear what is really going on here yet, although one possibility is that these all amount to what I'm going to call Stupid Watergate, a potential scandal with all the intrigue of Watergate, except everyone involved is really bad at everything," Oliver concluded, adding that, "the relevant question isn't so much 'What did the president know and when did he know it' as it is 'Is the president physically capable of knowing things at all?'"
For Trump, the best way to distract from the Sessions scandal was tweeting one of the most bizarre political accusations of all time.
"Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!" Trump tweeted early Saturday, followed by four more tweets.
"How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!" Trump added.
"Let me give you some context for where we are," Oliver said in response. "In 1992, Dan Quayle misspelled 'potato' and it became one of the most famous dumb moments in political history. But we are now at a point where the president is so busy hurling destabilizing conspiracy theories around, we can't even pause to enjoy the fact he misspelled the word tap."
Of course, Trump has no proof for the baseless claim, leaving ABC News to wonder if it came from a top-secret briefing or the Breitbart website.
"I think we can now officially declare that Trump has a worse media diet than the Son of Sam killer, and he got all his views from a talking dog who told him to murder," Oliver quipped. "And rather than providing evidence to support the accusation, [Sunday] morning, the White House urged Congress to look into the allegations."
"It seems odd that the president would issue a firm statement of fact and then launch an investigation to try and support that claim," he continued. "So I guess this is just how things are going to work now; the president once saw a banana with a bruise that looked like a picture in an article he read in a dream, and that is why we're at f**king war!"