John Oliver's Last Week Tonight is a weekly show, less interested in the news of today than 20-minute segments on niche subjects like chicken farming - and God bless HBO for giving him the green light on this.
"When I chose to just do it, I said to myself, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story, '" Trump had told Holt. As Oliver notes, "It is inherently suspicious to try to put words in Comey's mouth as you kick him out the door".
For two days last week, the White House offered an array of conflicting explanations for the firing, originally saying that Trump had acted on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, before eventually releasing an "official timeline" stating that the president had lost confidence in Comey over the course of several months.
Oliver believes what's important here is not just that Comey confirmed before his firing that there's an ongoing FBI investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Though after showing House Speaker Paul Ryan shamelessly deflect questions on Comey's firing, Oliver's not getting his hopes up. "What are you doing?"
In Last Week Tonight which has just screened in the US, Oliver got his right of reply.
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"You really wanna do this Bill?" he asked on Sunday night. Oliver also noted Rosenstein - in light of Sessions' supposed recusal from anything having to do with Russian Federation - could "appoint a special counsel within the Justice Department", or what is most often referred to as a "special prosecutor." Sen.
Oliver then went after Congress, hitting the legislative branch - now entirely in Republican hands - for failing to stand up to Trump.
"The Founding Fathers created a system of checks and balances to limit the power of the President, but it only works if someone fucking checks or balances, and if you don't, it's no longer on Trump", Oliver said.
"I think I speak on behalf of all humanity when I say, no!"