The overwhelming majority of Americans have not read the 400-plus-page report from special counsel Robert Mueller.
As it stands, it’s unclear how many elected officials have either. It’s become a problem for Democrats, who would like to impeach the president but can’t get the American people to pay attention long enough.
“Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver has a solution. In his Sunday show, Oliver outlined a vital piece of the report that outlined just one of many obstructions of justice at the hand of President Donald Trump.
After he outlined what impeachment is, he showed Trump talking about the law that claims it’s for “high crimes and misdemeanors.” According to Trump, he has to be accused of both because it says “and.” An annoyed Oliver corrected the president’s incorrect assessment.
He focused specifically on the example where Trump told his White House Counsel, Don McGahn, to fire Mueller. McGahn refused to do it and assumed that if he refused, he was likely going to be asked to resign. McGahn is quoted in the Mueller report saying that the president asked him “to do crazy sh*t.”
The Mueller report outlined that Trump told McGahn to fire Mueller and to “call me back when you do it.” Trump then called back later to ask, “Have you done it?”
Oliver noted that it’s clear that it was important to Trump, not like some weird celebrity gossip or flippant fleeting moment from a White House lawn press conference.
When news came out that Trump told McGahn to fire Mueller, the president told his counsel to release a statement saying that the report wasn’t true. He then asked McGahn to write a “letter to file for our records” saying the same.
“So, to recap there,” Oliver began again. “It seems the president obstructed justice. Then obstructed justice again to try to obstruct the investigation into his obstruction of justice. It’s ridiculous!”
Oliver then showed a video of a Trump supporter from Michigan who explained to MSNBC that she never knew Mueller had found anything because she only listens to conservative news.
“But for Don McGahn, Trump may have stopped an investigation into himself,” Oliver reminded viewers.
The segment closed with Oliver explaining “every assh*le wins until they don’t.” He specifically cited former President Richard Nixon, Harvey Weinstein, and Jeopardy’s James Holzhauer, who Oliver said: “stole all of Alex Trebek’s money.”
Watch Oliver’s explainer video below:
‘Breadth and scale’ of nationwide protests is ‘staggering’: NYU history professor
Protests continued to grow in size in cities and towns from coast-to-coast -- and around the world.
"As a historian of social movements in the U.S., I am hard pressed to think of any time in the past when we have had two straight weeks of large-scale protests in hundreds of places, from suburbs to big cities," NYU history Prof. Tom Sugrue posted on Twitter.
"The breadth and scale of #Floyd protests is staggering," he continued.
"We have had some huge one-day demonstrations, e.g. March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963); antinuclear march in NYC (1982), and Women's March (2017). We have widespread, simultaneous protests, such as in the days following MLK, Jr.'s assassination (1968)," he explained. "But the two together--very unusual."
Incel blew his hand off — and may have been planning for suicide bomber attack on ‘hot’ cheerleaders: report
A young man in Virginia was photographed for his mugshot with extensive facial injuries.
"A 23-year-old Virginia man who appeared to be planning an incel bomb attack on "hot cheerleaders" accidentally blew off his hand with explosives, authorities say," BuzzFeed News reported Saturday. "Cole Carini was charged in federal court on Friday connection with the plot after he allegedly lied to FBI agents by saying his extensive injuries were the result of a lawnmower accident."
Big turnout for protest in Texas town known as a ‘haven’ for the Ku Klux Klan
Protesters gathered in Vidor, Texas on Saturday for a rally against racism and police violence.
The East Texas town has long had a reputation for racism.
Vidor is a small city of about 11,000 people near the Texas Gulf Coast, not too far from the Louisiana border. Despite the fact that Beaumont, a much bigger city just 10 minutes away, is quite integrated, Vidor is not. There are very few blacks there; it's mostly white. That is in large part because of a history of racism in Vidor, a past that continues to haunt the present," Keith Oppenheim reported for CNN in 2006.