After a week off, “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver was back, just in time to comment on the summary from Attorney General Bill Barr on the report from the special counsel.
He showed a clip of the Fox News and defenders of President Donald Trump saying that it’s clear that nothing happened and the president has been completely exonerated. It’s odd given Mueller made it clear that Trump was not exonerated.
“The only way [Robert] Mueller could have been clearer is to put hand-clap emojis between every word (does not exonerate him),” Oliver said.
In any other world, Oliver said he expected to see headlines like “President May Have Obstructed Justice,” yet, somehow the team over at Fox News was quick to claim the president was 100 percent innocent.
“The OJ Simson murders were not reported as ‘Affordable House Becomes Available In Brentwood,'” Oliver continued. “There’s something pretty big missing from that headline. And yet, all week long, the president’s supporters took that one piece of good news and rounded it up to two.”
“Normally this is where we’d do a deep dive into the details of the report, explaining all of the possible implications,” Oliver continued. “The problem is: we still haven’t seen it. Congress hasn’t seen it. Even the president hasn’t seen it. We only know what Trump’s own attorney general thinks we need to know. A man who, unsolicited, before he got his current job, sent top DOJ officials a memo ruling out obstruction of justice charges against the president. So, there are plenty of qualifiers and questions left here.”
He noted that it makes it even more strange to see Donald Trump’s supporters calling the investigation a waste of time and money. If the Mueller report was only just now becoming public and Americans saw the results of the investigation all at once, Oliver noted that people would have a different understanding.
“Try and imagine that it all came out at once and that a single headline said: Russia confirmed to have interfered in election and president’s campaign manager, lawyer and multiple advisors convicted of crimes and Trump and his team lied about business with Russia, contact with Russians and Trump may have committed campaign finance violations to cover up affair with adult film star shortly after his wife gave birth and which he also attempted to continue but ended up sitting next to the adult film star in a hotel room and watching ‘Shark Week.'”
Watch Oliver’s full Fox News attack below:
‘Big mistake’: Trump’s favorite pollster tells Fox News why Republicans shouldn’t push nomination before the election
Fox News on Friday examined why it would be a "big mistake" for Republicans to attempt to force through a nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
Following Ginsburg's death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) vowed that Trump's nominee would receive a vote, but did not specify whether it would occur before the election or during the "lame duck" session of Congress that occurs before the 2020 election victors are sworn in.
But conservative pollster Scott Rasmussen warned Republicans it would be a bad idea during an appearance with Fox News personality Laura Ingraham.
LISTEN: Mourners sing ‘Amazing Grace’ outside the Supreme Court to celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Heartwarming videos were shared on social media on Friday night showing the spontaneous gathering at the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The large crowd, with many people wearing masks, sang the hymn "Amazing Grace."
Here are some of the videos of the scene:
A moving moments as dozens join in to sing “Amazing Grace” on the steps of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/NGZyZi4YR4
— Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) September 19, 2020