Mr. Maher, 64, made the remarks while discussing the president’s recent firing of five inspectors general who had been tasked with conducting oversight of the Trump administration.
Calling it a “war on accountability,” Mr. Maher said the president removed the watchdogs without making too much noise by acting while the media was focused on COVID-19, the contagious disease responsible for the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic that has claimed nearly 100,000 lives across the country and counting.
“I bet you most people are watching this and going, wow, I hadn’t heard that, because the news is all COVID,” Mr. Maher said during the episode.
He also voiced support for trying to remove Mr. Trump by impeachment early last year, months before Democrats in the House of Representatives eventually initiated the proceedings.
“I don’t know how we get out of this except by getting him out of office,” Mr. Maher said in January 2019. “I wasn’t necessarily for impeachment until recently, but I think you have to go ahead and do it.”
The House of Representatives ultimately passed two articles of impeachment against Mr. Trump last December, but he was subsequently acquitted in the Senate in February where fellow Republicans have control and spared him removal from office.