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John Oliver Breaks Down Why It’s Time to Impeach President Trump

During last night’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver devoted 20 minutes to a topic that has been hounding President Trump lately: impeachment. After outlining what the impeachment process actually entails and pointing out that we have yet to have a president removed from office from it, Oliver dives into the impeachable evidence we have against Trump so far, including the time he asked former White House council Don McGahn to fire Robert Mueller — or as Oliver recaps it, the time Trump “obstructed justice, then obstructed justice again to try to obstruct the investigation into his obstruction of justice.”

Whether or not impeachment actually removes Trump from office, Oliver argues, is really not as important as what starting the process would represent, and it’s on the Democrats to do something about it. “Later can’t mean never because the case for inaction here is starting to get pretty weak. And yes, public opinion is currently against an impeachment inquiry, but if Democrats think opening an inquiry is genuinely the right thing to, then it’s incumbent on them to change that opinion. And I know it’s easy to be defeatist here because nothing has seemingly reined Trump in so far, but I will say this: Every asshole succeeds until finally they don’t,” Oliver says. “Look, I can’t guarantee that impeachment will work out the way that you want it to because it probably won’t, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth doing. Because if nothing else, we’d be standing by the basic fundamental principle that nobody is above the law.”

John Oliver Breaks Down Why It’s Time to Impeach Trump