John Oliver says Trump should be investigated by Congress

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After the ‘inherently suspicious’ firing of FBI Director James Comey, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver is calling for Congress to investigate Trump.

Without a doubt, the James Comey situation has been the big news of the week. The short version of the story is that President Trump fired the FBI Director during an FBI investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia. In the days since, Trump has personally taken credit for the firing, and has even threatened to release “tapes” of his conversations with Comey.

No matter whose side you’re on, you have to admit it’s highly suspicious. By now, we’ve seen most of the late night talk show hosts cover the fiasco in depth. Fans of John Oliver had to wait until Last Week Tonight on Sunday night for his reaction, which he gave in the opening moments of the show.

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Oliver lamented for the times past when we could just have “normal weeks”. The Last Week Tonight host spoke about everything shady about the whole situation, such as the weird letter Trump wrote to Comey. While firing Comey in the letter, Trump just has to mention that Comey had informed him “on three separate occasions” that he wasn’t under FBI investigation. As Oliver notes, “It is inherently suspicious to try to put words in Comey’s mouth as you kick him out the door.”

The focus then switches to the changing narrative from the GOP. After the White House initially suggested Trump was acting on the behest of others, the president has since taken full credit. Oliver mentions how Trump “is so desperate to appear dominant, he will rush to take the credit for anything, no matter how bad it is.”

Oliver points to the Lester Holt interview in which Trump literally says the Russia investigation was partially why he sacked Comey, calling it a made up story. “‘I was thinking of the Russia investigation when I fired Comey’ is the one thing that you are not supposed to say out loud!”  Oliver says in astonishment.

You can watch the take down in the YouTube videos below.

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Pointing to Trump’s admission of firing Comey due to the Russia investigation, and his subsequent Twitter threat to Comey about these “tapes”, Oliver is now telling Congress to get involved. 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. If Congress doesn’t look into Trump, then this is no longer on the president — it’s on them.