John Oliver Can't Quite Believe the Stupidity of This Latest Trump Scandal

Less than 100 days into his presidency, Donald Trump finds himself enmeshed in what John Oliver aptly calls "Stupid Watergate." And as the "Last Week Tonight" host observes, it keeps finding ways to get "stupider."


"You may remember last week [House Intelligence Chair, Congressman Devin Nunes] made headlines with a seemingly huge claim," Oliver began Monday night.

The supposed bombshell was that President Trump and his transition team members "may have been caught up in incidental surveillance," as MSNBC's Greta Van Susteren revealed last week.

"Now that initially sounded like it could back up Trump's claims that President Obama wiretapped him," Oliver noted. "But it quickly unraveled as Nunes conceded the surveillance was routine, appeared to be completely legal, occurred after the election and may not have even targeted Trump or his transition team... rather foreign individuals discussing the transition."

Despite that, Trump said the evidence left him feeling "'somewhat vindicated." This is not all that surprising, the HBO host observed, as "Trump feels vindicated by dubious sources all the time."

The New York Times soon reported that White House officials were the source of intelligence reports given to Nunes, leaving Oliver flabbergasted.

So not only was Nunes' bombshell a dud, he quipped, but "the surveillance Nunes was studying concerned the Trump transition team of which one member was, yeah you guessed it, Devin f*cking Nunes!"

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