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Ex-Trump aide: President ‘put a lot of people in danger’ — including himself — by firing Comey in May

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Former Donald Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo on Monday argued Donald Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey in May was the biggest mistake of his presidency, arguing the move “put a lot of people in danger.”

Caputo was on MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber” alongside Georgetown University Law Center professor Paul Butler to discuss former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulus, who is now working with special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia probe. Caputo had previously dismissed Papadopoulous as a “coffee boy.”

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“There are consistent evidence that he was not a coffee boy,” Melber explained.

“I might have exaggerated Papadopoulous’ role when I called him a coffee boy,” Caputo relented. “He wasn’t really at the level of the campaign staff where we would have trusted him with the coffee machine. This guy is Zelig. He is an unimportant character that haplessly pops up across the different scenes of this campaign.”

“At the time, our campaign was desperate for foreign policy advisers,” Caputo later explained. “We were getting hit on constantly by our Republican counterparts in the primary for not having any. He wasn’t the right guy to bring in. It was a mistake to bring him in. And we’re paying for it even today.”

“George Papadopoulos literally had a seat at the table,” Butler reminded him. “We just saw a photo, the president said he is one of his top five advisers for foreign policy … so that’s the kind of access that a coffee boy would not have. And then the question is: why is the president and why are you contributing to this false narrative? Why not just tell the truth if the truth is that he went rogue.”

“You’re creating the false narrative right now!” Caputo shot back. “You’re repeating the false narrative. The truth is Papadopoulos was not a senior adviser in the campaign. He did very little, if anything.”

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“He is Zelig,” Caputo repeated. “He is a hapless, unimportant character.”

“Zelig is singing like a canary to Robert Mueller,” Butler replied. “He has pleaded guilty to one count and he is cooperating. So I think we’ll find out just how low level, what a low level coffee boy does in the trump administration.”

Melber later asked Caputo what he thinks is the “biggest mistake” Trump made in the Russia probe.

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“I think James Comey should have been fired on January 21st, probably to the great fanfare of Democrats across the board,” Caputo argued. “I think he waited too long to fire Comey. And in the end, it may end up being the biggest problem that was created by the White House. I think it was the biggest mistake by far. It’s put a lot of people in danger, including the president himself.”

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The few police willing to join in solidarity with protesters

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Reports of the protests across the country are focusing on the violence, clashes and property damage caused by a small few rather than the peaceful protest of those rallying against injustice and the police standing in solidarity with them.

A few captured positive moments of cities where officers support the protests and believe Black lives do actually matter.

There were moments of protesters fist-bumping police, hugs with police, and in one incident in New York City over the weekend, one officer was separated from his unit. Protesters surrounded him with locked arms to protect him from those being violent. In Miami, Florida and Seattle, Washington, police joined protesters in kneeling.

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Trump shows all the signs of being ‘rattled’ now that the White House is under siege from protesters: columnist

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In a column for the Atlantic, longtime political observer Peter Nicholas stated that Donald Trump is showing all the signs of a scared man as massive protests have broken out across the country over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minneapolis cops -- and angry Americans are taking their case all the way up to the White House gates.

As Nicholas wrote, "Presidents live within a protective cocoon built and continually fortified for one purpose: keeping them alive. But inside the White House compound these days, Donald Trump seems rattled by what’s transpiring outside the windows of his historic residence."

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Black Londoner explains George Floyd protester support with story of how cops murdered his brother

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In an interview with MSNBC's Molly Hunter, a Black Londoner explained why he turned out for a protest near Trafalgar Square in support of Americans who have hit the streets in the U.S. over the murder of George Floyd by four former Minneapolis police officers.

According to the man -- identified as Daniel and who was wearing a COVID-19 mask and a New York Yankees hat -- his brother was also murdered by police and the cops walked free.

"You've been marching all day," Hunter began. "Look, I have two questions for you: what was it like watching the U.S. this week from London? Does it resonate?

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