John Oliver calls on Congress to act after James Comey's abrupt firing

With that exasperated declaration, the comedian set about unpacking the week's news on his Sunday show, HBO's "Last Week Tonight" - starting with, no surprise, President Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James B. Comey.

This was part of a longer segment in which Oliver expressed incredulity about Trump's taking credit for the whole firing.

According to the White House, Comey was sacked late Tuesday on the recommendation of the deputy attorney general Rob Rosenstein. Since then, the president admitted the FBI's investigation into his campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation influenced his decision, leaving Sean Spicer and others to answer (or not) questions about the matter.

Oliver described Trump's words about the "tapes" as "both a borderline obstruction of justice and the meaningless rantings of a confused, old idiot". "What are you doing?" Though after showing House Speaker Paul Ryan shamelessly deflect questions on Comey's firing, Oliver's not getting his hopes up. However, Trump later contradicted all of them in an interview with Lester Holt of NBC News when he said that he made the decision to fire Comey because "this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story". Oliver said. "It's the kind of response that makes you ask three questions: One, can he really be this stupid?" One, can he really be this stupid?; two, does he really think we, as a country, are this stupid?; and three, are we, as a country, this stupid?




Oliver then listed off numerous ways the Trump administration has attempted to dismiss any accusations; until the President admitted on Television he was going to fire Comey without talking to his team.

"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", he continued.

"But at the very, very least here, they need to acknowledge that what has happened is f--ed up and not continue to give non-answers", Oliver said of Congress. "When you've got the presidential equivalent of a 5-year-old sh***ing on the salad bar of a Ruby Tuesdays, at some point you stop blaming the 5-year-old, and you start blaming the people who aren't stopping him".

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