Stupid Watergate II: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

John Oliver explains how the president and his allies are going full O. J. in order to undermine the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
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[music]. we thought we'd update you on the. ongoing trump administration scandals . that we've been calling stupid watergate . a scandal potentially on the scale of . watergate but where everyone involved is . dumb and terrible and bad at everything . now last month marks the one-year . anniversary of the murder investigation . or as the president and his supporters . call it robert muller's illegitimate . runaway which on it is and it has been . from the beginning a witch-hunt this is . a witch-hunt this is a witch-hunt . basically a witch-hunt though witch-hunt . if you will it's a damn witch hunt yes . they've been derisive ly referring to . the miller investigation as a witch hunt . which is a little ironic because you . just know if giuliani hannity and trump . had been alive back when people burned . witches they'd have had front-row seats . toasting marshmallows while trying to . conceal their bonus now it's also a . strange claim considering that mullahs . team has in the past year charged 20 . people and three companies and gathered . five guilty pleas so if this is a witch. hunt witches exist meaning we should . probably change all references on our . history books to 16th century witch . hunts to read that time we were right to. murder all those teenage girls in a lake . and the fact the investigation has been . moving fast is good news because set . aside for right now how you feel about . trump or politics the question did a . hostile foreign government trying to. manipulate our election is something any . reasonable person should want answered . quickly and yet an increasing number of . americans seem to want the investigation . to stop last july . support for investigation stood at 62% . but a recent poll found it's now down to . just 54 percent and that is troubling . because remember trump was actually . considered shut in the investigation. down before and if that number keeps . dropping he may well feel empowered to . try and actually do it so tonight let's . talk about the muller investigation not . about its contents because we don't know . what they are yet but about the effort . to actively undermine it not just from . trump and his lawyers but from and more . importantly than you might think . trump's tv friends specifically pumpkin . dada captain virgin bad judge whiter . megyn kelly the dunce bust the dunce . bust junior for presidents and of course . michael cohen client number three sean . hannity and. voted most fuckable by nana nice new . glasses magazine and if you think it . will hold on i don't watch fox news i . tune all of that stuff out it's actually . important that you know what's been . happening on it for reasons that and i . cannot believe i'm saying this rudy . giuliani explained best because when he . was recently asked why he was going . around spouting unsubstantiated nonsense . he offered this explanation eventually . the decision here is going to be . impeached not impeach members of . congress democrat and republican are . going to be informed a lot by their . constituents so our jury . is me as it should be is the american . people you know what he's right he's . related by blood to his first wife but . he is right because because it is the . long-standing view of the justice . department that you cannot indict a . sitting president so to the extent that . trump can be held accountable it's gonna . be through impeachment where public . opinion is key basically when giuliani . goes on tv he's arguing to the jury and . that is us and i know you're probably . thinking right now fuck . jury duty time to act like a racist . idiot to get out of it well that is not . a disqualifier this time not by a . longshot . so with that in mind let's look at a few . techniques that they've been using to . influence public opinion and the first . involves attempting to redefine the . investigation on their terms because . whenever they discuss it it's inevitably. framed like this muller is there to show . collusion between russia and trump and . there's none so far so why not end it . where is any evidence of collusion show . us nothing so far . not a whiff there is zero evidence of. russia collusion so just so we're clear . everyone forwards conclusion collusion . no illusion delusion yes i just thought . we'd have some fun with words oh well we . didn't we didn't have fun with words. there all we did was witness the closest . anyone in the trump administration has . ever come to making or hearing rap music. but it is important to remember muller . wasn't tasked with finding proof of. collusion the word collusion doesn't . even appear in his appointment letter in . actuality he was tasked with looking . into links and coordination between the . russian government and anyone associated . with the trump campaign as well as any . matters that. rose or may arise directly from the . investigation that's a pretty broad . mandate so saying the investigation has . to shut down if there's no collusion is . like saying a game of scrabble has to . end because you fit all the letters in . your mouth well congratulations but . those aren't really the rules that we . agreed to and that is far from the only . diversionary tactic here there's also . what about ism now we talked about this . on the show before it's the practice of . shifting the debate to someone else's . wrongdoing the master of this is sean . hannity and he responds to any negative . news about trump with epic rounds of the . what about game we have a two-tier . justice system what about fired fbi . director james comey what about bruce . and nellie or what about anti trump . lovebirds struck in paige what about . lying susan rice what about christopher . steal the foreign national that fusion . gps hired and funneled the money hillary . did through the law firm and a foreign . national about russian lies to influence . the american people in an election what . about who lied to the fisa court judges . that is a lot of names to throw up on a . screen and just say what about them it's . also a little easy as an argument i'll . prove it. hey sean have you thought about these 15 . people what about them what about . archduke ferdinand shawn . what about cher we're not talking about . the fbi until you answer what about cher . shawn now and it is point there is that . other people did bad things . so therefore trump's bad things don't . count and look let me be clear on this . whether or not someone else did. something shitty has no bearing over . whether you did something shitty if that . were true every movie that got a bad . review could simply say what about from . justin to kelly and the critic would be . legally required to give them movie five . stars that what about ism is an . important part of the third tactic on . display here building a . counter-narrative essentially trying to . delegitimize the investigation by. framing it as part of a grand conspiracy. to bring down trump kennedy has a series . of carry from homeland ease off her meds . conspiracy boards with muller and . clinton as the head of two different . crime families and whatever the fuck is . happening on this one . night after night hannity paints a . picture where the investigation is . itself one gigantic scandal with the . democrats the fbi the deep state and . establishment republicans teaming up to. take down trump and he's got a favorite . phrase to convey its scope this is . bigger than watergate. that's like watergate's like stealing a . snickers bar makes watergate look look. like stealing a snickers . this makes watergate like stealing a . snickers bar that's just an odd number . of mentions for snickers considering it . doesn't sponsor hannity show presumably . snickers simply couldn't hang with big . hitters like his actual advertisers my . pillow recta care cream and of course . sock slider it's true take a look you . scream you scream you're so far away . just bending over to put on your socks . is brutally painful every day we'll not . anymore introducing sock slider the pain . breed no bend over way to comfortably . put on your socks every day waiting for . someone to invent a gadget that i can . preload with a sock condom and then. thought fuck my way to comfort everyone . unsurprisingly hannity's narratives tend . to fall apart pretty quickly take two of . the names on his family feud board peter . struck and lisa paige they are fbi . agents who worked on the investigations . into both hillary and trump and the key . thing you learn about them if you follow . conservative media at all is that they . were making sex at each other did these . two cheating lovebirds who are still . married as other people at the time have . any opportunity to actually do their . jobs at the fbi there she is . fbi love bird lisa paige peter struck . and is in office fellow fbi agent and . secret lover. lisa paige peter struck who along with . his girl mod lisa paige another fbi . lawyer are getting off in their fight to . save the country of donald trump oh yeah . they were fucking . they were doing the nasty doing the slam . bam in the ham stuffing the muffin . fishing for kippers they were poking . them in 44 and piecing them in 52 they . slid the wand into the goblet of fire . they were dining at the all you can bong . buffet at pjo parkington's they were . having an affair and in doing that in . having that affair they apparently . relied on fbi work phones to hide it. from one of their spouses which is . undeniably bad judgment plus texts like . these made it clear that they very much . preferred a hillary presidency to a . trump on which is a political opinion . they're entitle to as long as it doesn't . affect their work at all and the doj is . looking into that question right now but . robert mueller himself didn't wait he . removed struck from the investigation . immediately when he learned about the . text and paige had already left so 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