John Oliver criticises Devin Nunes and Donald Trump over 'Stupid Watergate'

 'It has all the potential consequences of Watergate, but everyone involved is really stupid'

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John Oliver may have started this season Last Week Tonight hoping to not talk about President Donald Trump every week, but with so much controversy, it’s been difficult not to.

This week, Oliver decided to tackle the Russian scandal, AKA “Stupid Watergate,” named as such “because it has all the potential consequences of Watergate, but everyone involved is really stupid.”

The ex-Community actor honed in on House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (“the most ‘Devin’ Devin in the history of Devins”), who allegedly had evidence backing up Trump’s claims Obama used wiretapping during the election campaign.

However, it quickly unravelled that Nunes - who is leading investigations into Trump’s Russian ties - was citing sources that came from the White House. That, however, didn’t stop Nunes rushing to the White House to tell Trump about the ‘evidence’.

“Okay so, to recap: Devin Nunes 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,” Oliver said. “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 now the Now You See Me of revelations.”

“But wait, because Stupid Watergate found a way to get even stupider,” Oliver explained. “The surveillance Nunes was studying concerned the Trump transition team, of which one member was – yeah, you guessed it ­– Devin f*cking Nunes. Which seems like a pretty clear conflict of interest.”

Oliver capped off the opening monologue by targeting one last Republican: Ted Yoho, who attempted to defend Nunes by saying Congress members work for the President, rather than constituents. 

“No! You absolutely do not! You do one of them, and explicitly not the other! That is literally the point of Congress!” Oliver continued: “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 f*cking is! Or, possibly, how to breathe without getting regular reminders.”

In previous weeks, Oliver has targeted Trump over *that* handshake with Angela Merkel, the American Health Care Act, and - of course - Stupid Watergate.