Bill Maher: Explaining the law to Trump like 'playing monopoly with a hyena'

HBO host Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherBiden to appear on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' on Friday Right wing's new-found love for satire and the 'It is only a joke" defense Juan Williams: Biden and Manchin are 2021's most influential politicians MORE hit President TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE on his show Friday, quipping that explaining the law to the president was like "playing Monopoly with a hyena."

Maher, a frequent critic of Trump and his administration, claimed Democratic lawmakers were "missing the big picture" after they grilled Attorney General William BarrBill BarrThe enemy within: Now every day is Jan. 6 Dems worry they'll be boxed out without changes to filibuster, voting rules  This week: Democrats face crunch time on voting rights MORE this week on his handling of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE's report on Russian election interference and possible obstruction of justice by Trump.

“This is the problem," Maher said, "When the guy who is supposed to be enforcing the law is the guy who is breaking the law.”


Maher went on to say that Democrats don't understand how to hold the Trump administration accountable for abiding by the law. 

"Democrats don't seem to get it that 'It's in the rules' is not an argument that works on Donald Trump. You're playing Monopoly with a hyena," he said.  

"When it bites you and shits on the board, saying 'it's not your turn' doesn't really work," he added.

Barr's testimony before Congress this week followed revelations that Mueller, in a letter to the attorney general, voiced his opposition to Barr for his summary of the special counsel's findings on their 22-month Russia investigation.

The letter first reported by The Washington Post on the eve of Barr’s Wednesday testimony showed that Mueller in late March complained that Barr’s memo “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this Office's work and conclusions” and created “public confusion” about the results.

Barr testified to lawmakers that he called Mueller to discuss his complaints, saying that Mueller said his letter did not mischaracterize the findings, but raised concerns about the resulting media reports and asked Barr to release more from the report to provide more context.

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP senator knocks Biden for 'spreading things that are untrue' in voting rights speech Sen. Ron Johnson: Straight from the horse's mouth Clyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' MORE (D-Calif.) accused Barr on Thursday of committing a crime by lying to lawmakers during his testimony on Capitol Hill. 

The remarks came as Democratic lawmakers are increasingly lashing out at Barr for his handling of Mueller's report on Russia's, with some pressing for him to resign and others floating the idea of impeachment. Some on Capitol Hill, meanwhile, have weighed whether to bring contempt of Congress charges against the attorney general, who declined to testify for a second day before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.