John Oliver used Sunday’s Last Week Tonight to continue his exploration of President Donald Trump’s Russia scandal, which he has deemed “Stupid Watergate” because it has “all the potential consequences of Watergate, but everyone involved is really stupid.”
On the top of Oliver’s list this week: House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes. Calling him the “most Devin Devin in the history of Devins,” Oliver faulted Nunes for supporting Trump’s wiretapping claims against former President Barack Obama by saying Trump’s transition team’s communications were picked up by “incidental” surveillance.
“As Nunes conceded, the surveillance was routine, appeared to be completely legal, occurred after the election, and may not have even targeted Trump or his transition team but rather foreign individuals discussing the election,” Oliver said. “Despite that, Trump claimed the evidence had left him feeling ‘somewhat vindicated,’ which is not really surprising: Trump feels vindicated by dubious sources all the time. We don’t need to invest in clean energy — it says right here on the cup that ‘America Runs on Dunkin’.'”
Describing Nunes as a “man who looks like the guy every 13-year-old wishes her mom would stop dating,” Oliver questioned his motives for making “such a big show of racing to the White House to share his information with President Trump” when a New York Times report said White House officials were actually the source of the information.
“Okay, so to recap: Devin took what appears to be an unnecessary trip to tell what appears to be unimportant news to what may have been the source of the news itself,” said Oliver, exasperated. “So what Nunes brought to light has turned out to be a bunch of smoke and mirrors as convoluted as it is pointless — truly, it is the Now You See Me of revelations.”
Oliver had one more problem with Nunes: “But wait, because Stupid Watergate found a way to get even stupider,” Oliver explained. “Because the surveillance Nunes was studying concerned the Trump transition team, of which one member was, you guessed it, Devin f—ing Nunes.”
Then the host moved on to Florida Rep. Ted Yoho, who defended Nunes on MSNBC by saying “he works for the president, he answers to the president” and should please both the president and the constituents of his district. (A spokesman for Yoho later said he “misspoke.”)
“No! You absolutely do not!” Oliver said. “You do one of them, and explicitly not the other. That is literally the point of Congress. And that’s why this story is Stupid Watergate: It could very well take down the government, but nobody involved understands why, or how to cover it up, or what the government fucking is, or possibly how to breathe without getting regular reminders.”
Watch Oliver go after Nunes in the video above, and then see his new segment on U.S. marijuana laws.
Last Week Tonight airs Sundays at 11 p.m. ET on HBO.