The Shady Firing of James Comey: The Daily Show

The Shady Firing of James Comey: The Daily Show


Um, I don’t know. What do you guys want
to talk about? Uh… -Oh, I know– the FBI. Yeah.
-Yeah. Just in case
you decided to spend yesterday in airplane mode,
this is what happened. The U.S. Justice Department had
a major shake-up, and not in a fun,
vibrating-bed kind of way. No, the kind
where you’re not sure if the house is gonna
keep standing. Stunning late breaking news. President Trump
has fired James Comey as director of the FBI. Now, I know
what you’re thinking. Why did Trump fire Comey when
Comey basically got him elected? That’s why. Yeah. Because Trump doesn’t want
to be president. This is his revenge. That’s exactly why he did it. (cheers and applause) Trump is so angry. “You gave me this job
that I hate. “So now you get the worst
punishment that I can think of: more time at home
with your family.” (laughter) “May all of your sons be Erics.” (laughter and groaning) So, Trump fired James Comey, the man who happened
to be leading the investigation into whether Trump’s campaign
had colluded with Russia to win last year’s election. The man who,
as director of the FBI, is supposed
to be politically independent, almost untouchable. People, I’m not going
to sugarcoat this. This is bad for democracy. MAN:President Trump’s firing
of FBI director James Comey
sending shockwaves
through Washington.
Only the second time
in American history a president has taken that step. MAN: Concerns
over a constitutional crisis. -MAN 2:Trump’s seismic firing.
-A stunning move. CHRIS MATTHEWS:A little whiff
of fascism tonight.
WOMAN: It looks like
a banana republic America, not a democracy. You think this would happen in a third world country. The idea that this happened in
the United States is stunning. This is the kind of thing
that goes on in… Africa! Just say it! Say it! Just say it. “This is the kind of thing
that only happens in Africa!” You don’t have
to use euphemisms. “Banana republic,”
or “third world.” Just say it! We don’t beat around the bush
where I come from. Because we have animals
in the bush. If you beat the bush,
then they come out. We don’t… You don’t mess
around with beating the bush. You know what I don’t get? I don’t get
why people still say, “This could never happen
in America.” Isn’t this the place
where anything is possible? Yeah.
That’s what i was told. Yeah. So even Africa is possible
in America. (laughter) First, it’s Dictator Trump,
and pretty soon, Bono’s gonna be throwing benefit
concertsforthe U.S. (laughter and groaning) Now… now Trump claims… He claims
that the firing happened because Comey
treated Hillary unfairly during the e-mail investigation,
which… (audience groaning,
shouting “boo”) Oh, you guys, you don’t believe
him? You don’t believe him? -No!
-I mean, come on, guys. It doesn’t make any sense,
all right. That would be like
returning a Fleshlight because your orgasms
were too powerful. “It was too good! Too good!” Because when James Comey reopened
the Hillary investigation a week before the election, basically taking a huge dump
on the shot at the White House, no one was a bigger fan of
that decision than Donald Trump. It took guts for Director Comey to make the move that he made in light of the kind
of opposition he had. He brought back his reputation.
He brought it back. He’s got to hang tough
’cause there’s a lot of… A lot of people want him
to do the wrong thing. What he did was the right thing. “Which is why
I’m gonna fire him for it.” (laughter) “I fire people
who do the right thing! It’s why
all my businesses succeed.” (laughter) I’m sorry, but that… (applause and cheering) That’s straight-up bull(bleep). And the administration also says
that Comey’s firing wasn’t just Trump’s idea,
but it was recommended by Attorney General
Jeff Sessions. Which is also bull(bleep). Because back when Comey
did the things that he presumably
just got fired for, Sessions was Team Comey, too. He had an absolute duty,
in my opinion, 11 days or not, to come forward with
the new information that he has and let the American people
know that, too. You know, FBI Director Comey
did the right thing. When he found new evidence,
he had no choice. Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah! You sneaky little liar! (yells) And I… I-I just…
I hate him so… I-I wish Jeff Sessions
had stayed at his old job. I’m just gonna put it out there. -(laughter, cheering, applause)
-I… But, you know, like… You don’t need to be a genius
to figure out why Trump really canned Comey. It rhymes with “Russia.” Mounting evidence suggests that Comey was fired because
of the president’s irritation with the FBI’s
Russia investigation. NEWSMAN:…TheNew York Times
now reporting
Comey had asked
for more resources
for the investigation
into Russia
just days before he was fired.CNN sources say Comey’s firing
comes as subpoenas went out for associates of Michael Flynn. That’s right. Michael Flynn… again. Who would have thought this guy
would turn out to be Trump’s most costly divorce? Who would have thought? So… Comey wasn’t
just any old bureaucrat who Trump fired. Trump fired Comey
just as Comey was starting to actively investigate
Trump’s people. Which, you’ve got to admit, makes Trump look
hella suspicious. Right? That’s like breaking up
with your girlfriend right after she asks you
if she can look at your phone. “Hey, honey,
can I see your phone?” “Uh… I don’t think
we should be together anymore.” “What? -(applause)
-“What are you talking about? I just wanted to see
your phone.” “Yeah, it’s a normal phone.
We’ve been growing apart. You’re fired.” Do you remember… do you
remember how when Trump was, uh, elected…
everyone was worried because he showed autocratic
tendencies? You remember that? Well, this is what the people
were worried about. Because before this, it was
scary but it was still talk. Threatening the press.
Delegitimizing judges. That Mussolini face
that he always makes. (laughter) But what we’re seeing here is the difference
between words and actions. It’s like the difference between
saying “(bleep) the police” and actually trying
to (bleep) the police. There’s a big difference. -(applause)
-And… and here’s what makes this
particularly scary. In America… you specifically have
checks and balances for this reason. So if a president makes
a dubious decision like this, you could trust Congress to step in
and do something about it. “Trump, we don’t know
if you’ve done the right thing. We’re gonna call in witnesses,
hire a special prosecutor,” et cetera, et cetera. That’s what happened
in Watergate. But this Congress has shown
they have no intention of holding the president
accountable. It’s obviously within the
president’s authority and role to do this. I think he made
an important command decision… I think the firing of Comey
couldn’t have come soon enough. Today we’ll no doubt hear calls
for a new investigation… which could only serve
to impede the current work… They’re talking about,
the firing was Nixonian, it has echoes of Watergate… For the people
who are writing those headlines, what’s your message to them? My message is, uh,
suck it up and move on. -(groans, jeering)
-Oh. Yeah. And the people at Fox News
were like, “Huh. That’s our slogan.
Oh. Ah.” Here’s the thing,
here’s the thing. Democracies
don’t go away in a flash. Right? People need to get that
into their minds. You don’t just wake up
one morning and tanks are rolling
through the streets. That’s not how it works.
It’s a slow burn, with many steps along the way. And this is a big step. Without Congress to rely on, Comey was the one person
we trusted to be unbiased. Whether you liked or hated
his decisions, it didn’t feel like
he was on anyone’s side. But now he’s out. And with him,
so is the people’s hopes of holding Trump accountable. Comey basically packed
the hopes up in his box, along with his work toothbrush. A lot of people are distraught
by this decision. The other people are Russians. Russia’s foreign minister
is sitting down with the U.S. secretary of state
right now. Here’s what Sergey Lavrov
had to say when reporters asked him
about Comey’s firing. (reporters shouting questions) (with Russian accent):
“You’re kidding. “No, really, you’re kidding. “Who could have predicted
such a crazy thing, “that we ordered
your president to do? Ha-ha! You’re kidding,
you’re kidding.” (regular voice): Look, I know
it’s probably a coincidence, but how bizarre is it that Tillerson
just happened to meet with the Russian
foreign minister today? What’s even weirder,
is that Trump also had a meeting
with his counterpart. ♪ ♪ (filtered breathing) TRUMP:
Master. You’ll be pleased to know
I’ve done your bidding. So much bidding,
the best bidding. (speaking Russian)

100 comments

  1. The one word that authorities have yet to say is, "bribery." I bet that Mr. Trump and Mike Flynn were on the take from Russia.  I bet that Mr. Comey was about to announce that he had evidence that Trump and Flynn received bribes from Russia and that's why Comey got fired.

  2. Letting the liberals control the narrative is a major blunder by the Republicans. This was all planned by the Democrats. Slowdown the growth of the economy and tax cuts for all. This tactic will succeed in bringing the country too a halt. It's the liberal way.

  3. Who is this insipid, whiny clown? Cretin. "basically got him elected"…bwaaahahaha What an idiot. Sounds like there are a couple of dozen imbeciles who're amused by this childish little puke.
    MSNBC barely qualifies as the Junior Varsity of character assassination. The Clinton Money Laundering Foundation pays this jerkoff only a tenth of what they pay the tabloid CNN wankers.

  4. so democrats begged for comey to be fired and now that trump did it their all against it…anyone who affiliates themselves with the left and democratic party need to do a little research…..who was the last fbi director fired? idk who he was but bill clinton fired it…..you leftists are worse than bad americans youre socialist goobers

  5. SHOT THE HELL UP NEWS DUDE. WE THE PEOPLE INCLUDING US LATINOS ELECTED OUR PRESIDENT TRUMP NOT THE HOWDIE DUDE COMEY. YOU GOT IT?

  6. Wow…that might be the worst excuse on (Donald Trump's reasoning for the firing). For a professional liar you think he'll be better.

  7. The Russian diplomat behavior says a lot. I am not sure how to explain it.  It is like when  your husband mistress comes into your house and acts like she owns it.

  8. "banana republic" is a reference to latin america, not africa . . . that's some racist shit, trevor . . .

  9. CNN just can make joke?but,this is not funny,can you be serious? no more bullshit ,no more fake news!

  10. I would like to pay attention to this liberal tripe, but I am too busy tracking the Seth Rich murder — oh, remember that — the spate of deaths surrounding the DNC…the leaks, which you call HACKS — remember all those JOB turnovers. Trump fires people, Hillary KILLs them.

  11. Trevor is actually a transgender. I knew him in Johannesburg before he transitioned into male. Its a breath of fresh air to us in the LGBT community to have a trans like Trevor growing in popularity.

  12. how can ANYBODY be satisfied with the current political situation of the us??? even trump voters must have woken up already

  13. Trevor you are totally a talented guy but it is very bad that you are using your talent to support democrat. you use your TV show against Republican, I have never see any of your TV program where u mention anything good that Trump has done . When Trump lunch air strike in Syrian airbase. why you did not present that? come on, you guys are stupid liar and the worst part of it is that if anyone want to present any thing good that Trump has done then almost all media in USA will attack the person. that is why many are afraid to declare their support for Trump. if Trump is a liar then you guys are advanced liar, America journalist CNN, New York time and Washington post are all weapon of democrat.

  14. Since I woke up to the truth about the false flag attacks of 9/11 and the phony War in Terror, anything the FBI supposedly does or doesn't do, and everything the media reports about it are bullcrap. The new FBI director was complicit in the cover-up at the very least. All this Russia-gate BS is just a distraction, just like most sensationalism from the corporate and politically controlled mouthpieces.

  15. this scumbag is a real threat to democracy and freedom, he needs to get kicked out of office and marched to a prison cell.
    lock him up.

  16. Trump made us realize how fragile our democratic system is.
    The world's best democratic system is letting this clown mess it up right in front of our eyes and we can't do a thing about it.

  17. He Said it, You Bought it

    1. He said he wouldn't bomb Syria. You bought it. Then he bombed Syria.

    2. He said he’d build a wall along the border with Mexico. You bought it. Now his secretary of homeland security says “It’s unlikely that we will build a wall.”

    3. He said he’d clean the Washington swamp. You bought it. Then he brought into his administration more billionaires, CEOs, and Wall Street moguls than in any administration in history, to make laws that will enrich their businesses.

    4. He said he’d repeal Obamacare and replace it with something “wonderful.” You bought it. Then he didn’t.

    5. He said he’d use his business experience to whip the White House into shape. You bought it. Then he created the most chaotic, dysfunctional, back-stabbing White House in modern history, in which no one is in charge.

    6. He said he’d release his tax returns, eventually. You bought it. He hasn’t, and says he never will.

    7. He said he’d divest himself from his financial empire, to avoid any conflicts of interest. You bought it. He remains heavily involved in his businesses, makes money off of foreign dignitaries staying at his Washington hotel, gets China to give the Trump brand trademark and copyright rights, manipulates the stock market on a daily basis, and has more conflicts of interest than can even be counted.

    8. He said Clinton was in the pockets of Goldman Sachs, and would do whatever they said. You bought it. Then he put half a dozen Goldman Sachs executives in positions of power in his administration.

    9. He said he’d surround himself with all the best and smartest people. You bought it. Then he put Betsy DeVos, opponent of public education, in charge of education; Jeff Sessions, opponent of the Voting Rights Act, in charge of voting rights; Ben Carson, opponent of the Fair Housing Act, in charge of fair housing; Scott Pruitt, climate change denier, in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency; and Russian quisling Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.

    10. He said he’d faithfully execute the law. You bought it.
    Then he said his predecessor, Barack Obama, spied on him, without any evidence of Obama ever doing so, in order to divert attention from the FBI’s investigation into collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives to win the election.

    11. He said he knew more about strategy and terrorism than the Generals did. You bought it. Then he promptly gave the green light to a disastrous raid in Yemen- even though all his Generals said it would be a terrible idea. This raid resulted in the deaths of a Navy SEAL, an 8-year old American girl, and numerous civilians. The actual target of the raid escaped, and no useful intel was gained.

    12. He called Barack Obama “the vacationer-in-Chief” and accused him of playing more rounds of golf than Tiger Woods. He promised to never be the kind of president who took cushy vacations on the taxpayer’s dime, not when there was so much important work to be done. You bought it. He has by now spent more taxpayer money on vacations than Obama did in the first 3 years of his presidency.

    13. He called CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times “fake news” and said they were his enemy. You bought it. Now he gets his information from Fox News, Breitbart, Gateway Pundit, and InfoWars.

    -Robert Reich

  18. You get comedy gold with a Trump presidency and Trevor is spinning gold into shit. He is not funny at all.

  19. Everybody ragging on Colbert, Noah, and everybody else for covering Trump so much. What the fuck ELSE is there to talk about?

  20. that Star Wars reference with Donald being Darth Vader and Vladimir Putin as The Emperor Palpatine was hysterical, hilarious and epic at the same time XD

  21. trevor i am nor an winner , i can't see full episodes.. it shows ''sorry about that , the video is not available from your location''… what a shame

  22. The FBI Director has only two bosses. The Attorney General and the President (who also has firing authority over the Attorney General). What we have is a second level supervisor, Trump, asking one of his subodinates (who he has the authority to fire) questions. A previous second level supervisor (Obama) had never asked questions and in fact only spoke to Comey twice. Comey, unused to the concept of actually being supervised, complains to his first level supervisor, Sessions, and says, being around your boss makes me uncomfortable. Sessions relays the message and Trump, knowing a lot about supervision does what any smart boss does when he learns he has an employee who is uncomfortable if the boss is around. Trump ensures Comey will never be uncomfortable again by firing the uncomfortable employee. Forgive me if I fail to see a story in this.

  23. Is it possible to cost an effort to carefully non-spam (i.e. take non-facts and machine-generate fact questions as they appear on sites like politifact.com relating to Trump or cabinet) prominent extremist and non-extremist republican sites such that every other comment is our machine-generated toddler-oriented question (roughly)?

  24. Nothing shady about it, Trump wanted him to go after the leakers and he wouldn't and now we all know why… he is a leaker.

  25. MMMMMM I love my fresh dose of stupid liberal tears and sadness in the comments! I think its funny how liberals are so 1 dimensional and easy to manipulate!

  26. it happens somewhere else too… russia for one, just saying, trump is certainly influenced by, 'if' 'nothing else', putin's style

  27. That's what he gets for not punishing Clinton and helping her cheat in the Democratic election. I hate Trump, but not once I feel bad for Comey. I wouldn't be surprised if Comey ends up saving Trump from impeachment so that he gets his job back.

  28. it's funny ain't it how Trump got accused to work with Russia about the election. it's even more funny to find the truth out the dems and shit mouth Hillary Clinton. you go Mr President trump2016

  29. Sometimes you don't Know what you think you know. That's what happens when you mislead the FISA court 3 times! Who's got the last laugh????

  30. Why do Americans think they’re not 3rd world country? Because of economy/money? Well, after trump they’re there because of all the other reasons!!

  31. I wonder how Trever felt when Bill Clinton fired over 315 federal judges the day after he became president? Just sayin

  32. The reason why that guy got fired is quite easy I think. Trump used him till he was no longer useful. And then kicked him out when he started being a pain to Trump & Friends.

  33. At least Nixon had the class to resign when he was cornered. Trump is turning into a rabid dog, he's not sane, so his behavior is entirely unpredictable.Crazy never makes sense.

  34. With a president like Trump I guess the slogan of USA should be now "Suck it up and move on"

  35. Comey was also going to investigate white supremacists in the U.S.
    It may have saved us some of the heartache we are experiencing today … 2 years later!

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