John Oliver Rips Into 'Total Moron' Michael Cohen Over Consulting Scandal

John Oliver tore into President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen during a Last Week Tonight segment on Sunday, branding the embattled figure a "political novice" and "total moron."

Oliver started off by joking Cohen was such a bad lawyer that Donald Trump had to say "I need someone good, get me Rudy Giuliani on the phone," to cheers from his audience.

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Cohen has been under scrutiny in recent weeks, first over a payment made to adult actress Stephanie Clifford, who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels, and then for a slew of other payments made to him by large corporations, allegedly for his consultancy expertise.

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Oliver took particular issue with the name of the shell company allegedly used by Cohen to receive the payments: Essential Consultants, LLC. "This company involves Cohen, who is absolutely not 'essential', he's also not a 'consultant', plus there's only one of him so even the 's' in the company name is a big dumb lie," Oliver said.

Talking about allegations Cohen pitched himself as "closest to the president" to potential clients, Oliver added "that is a little bit weird because lawyers don't generally pitch themselves by offering up info on their other clients—it's like a doctor saying 'if you hire me I'll tell about all of Larry King's birthmarks.'"

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Michael Cohen, former personal attorney for U.S. President Donald Trump, exits the Loews Regency Hotel, May 11, 2018 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

On reports of drug manufacturer Novartis saying they had decided not to continue engaging with Cohen after just one meeting—even though they were in a deal with him worth over a million dollars—Oliver said "they basically paid a million dollars not to talk to Michael Cohen."

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"At heart, these companies got exactly what they paid for," Oliver said, "because they wanted to understand how the Trump administration worked and, think about it, they put their trust in a political novice who turned out to be a total moron and who was actually just bilking them for personal gain.

"So you wanted to know how the Trump administration works? Congratulations, you just got a f*****g masterclass."

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