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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.”

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“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.”

“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.”

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

“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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‘Stand with Hong Kong’ shirts fill the stands at Nets game as NBA is protested for China subservience

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The National Basketball Association was protested on Friday for bowing to pressure from China.

The NBA has been harshly criticized for standing by the oppressive regime instead of standing in solidarity with the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

"Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA," New York magazine correspondent Yashar Ali reported Friday. "They're all wearing 'Stand With Hong Kong' T-shirts."

Photos from the protest:

1. Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA.

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Trump polling close friends over whether he should fire Mulvaney: report

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President Donald Trump is considering firing Mick Mulvaney, his acting White House chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget, The Atlantic reported Friday.

"Mick Mulvaney's job was in danger even before his disastrous press conference yesterday, and his equally disastrous attempt to walk that performance back," The Atlantic reported. "The fumble could not have been more poorly timed: According to multiple current and former White House officials, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to relay private conversations, Trump has been steadily souring on Mulvaney for weeks."

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Michael Moore predicts Mick Mulvaney will get into Heaven after confessing Trump’s quid pro quo

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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore predicted acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will ascend to Heaven in the afterlife during a Friday interview on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber.

The host played a clip of Mulvaney admitting Trump's quid pro quo while seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.

"This man obviously is going to be admitted into Heaven," Moore said. "You know, he told the truth."

"If there was a movie version of this, somebody stuck him with a needle just before he walked out onto the stage there, a truth serum needle, and he just went on and on saying, 'Yeah, that’s what we do. Yeah, of course.' Essentially admitting there is a quid pro quo. In fact, there are many quid pro quos."

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