John Oliver is beside himself with annoyance at Congressman Devin Nunes and his part in the ongoing saga of President Donald Trump’s wiretapping claims and the investigation into his team’s potential collusion with Russia.
On Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight,” the host referred to Nunes as “the guy every 13-year-old wishes her mom would stop dating.”
Nunes, the head of the House Intelligence Committee looking into Trump’s possible Russian collusion, came forward with information that Trump and his associates possibly had their communications “incidentally collected” by the intelligence community during the transition period. Despite the fact that several US and international intelligence agencies have debunked Trump’s claims that President Barack Obama had him wiretapped during the election, the president said he felt “somewhat” vindicated by Nunes’ findings.
“Which is not really surprising,” Oliver said of Trump’s statement as a doctored photo of him holding a Dunkin’ Donuts cup flashed on the screen. “Trump feels vindicated by dubious sources all the time. ‘We don’t have to invest in clean energy. It says right here on the cup that “America runs on Dunkin’.”‘”
After Nunes came forward with the information, reports stated that his sources were actually White House officials. Nunes is facing increased scrutiny and calls by other members of Congress for him to step down from the committee.
“The surveillance Nunes was studying concerned the Trump transition team, of which one member was, yeah, you guessed it, Devin f—in’ Nunes,” Oliver said, “which seems like a clear conflict of interest.”
But in a recent MSNBC interview, Republican Congressman Ted Yoho said Nunes works both for his constituents as a member of Congress and for the president — a line Oliver and others have criticized.
“No, no, you do not! You do one of them and explicitly not the other!” Oliver yelled. “That’s literally the whole point of Congress. And that is why this story is stupid Watergate. It can very well take down the government, but nobody involved understands why or how to cover it up, or what the government f—in’ is, or possibly how to breathe without getting the reminders.”
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