Über-investigative reporter Seymour Hersh had the following to say in an interview with the Guardian:
You cannot believe how many people have told me to call them on 20 January [the date of the next president's inauguration],' he says, with relish. '[They say:] "You wanna know about abuses and violations? Call me then." So that is what I'll do, so long as nothing awful happens before the inauguration.'
John Steward made a joke that sounded eerily similar to that the other night. The article was published a few weeks ago, so maybe it was his inspiration?