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Ex-DOJ official: Maybe Trump has the ‘mentality’ of a 4-year-old and can’t understand how Russia helped him

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Appearing on MSNBC on Thursday afternoon, former Justice Department spokesperson Matthew Miller wondered if President Donald Trump understands how much danger he is in when it comes to Russian involvement in his 2016 presidential campaign.

Speaking with host Katy Tur, Miller explained, “We talk a lot about why the president can’t separate Russian interference from collusion.”

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“Everyone has this theory that it is what his aides tell him because it undermines his election, “Miller continued. “You know, that might not be the reason. He knows what happened in the campaign, he knows what his advisers did, and he knows that there is no difference between interference and collusion.”

“We like to think that the president sometimes — that he has this sort of 4-year-old mentality about him,” he added, as host Tur began to talk over him.

“We want to hope that he didn’t collude or conspire with a foreign government,” Tur suggested. “We want to hope that that is not true.”

“At some point, that explanation just doesn’t hold up, ” Miller replied.

“It doesn’t make any sense that someone doesn’t understand this very basic logical thing that there is a very basic difference between interference and collusion — unless he knows there is not a difference,” he smirked.

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Cops fire bean bag rounds into crowd as police response to Atlanta protests escalates

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Protesters in cities across America took to the streets on Friday to protest police brutality following the killing of George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department.

In Atlanta, protesters defaced CNN's logo and broke windows at the company's headquarters.

Things escalated further as police began firing bean bag rounds from atop armored vehicles.

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Here are other scenes from the protest:

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Man threatened to kill Ohio House Democratic leader’s father unless she resigned: report

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On Friday, the Ohio Capital Journal reported that House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes received a call from an unidentified man threatening to kill her father unless she resigned from the legislature.

"The suspect claimed he had her father, Democratic state Senator Vernon Sykes, captive. He told her not to contact the police," reported Jake Zuckerman. "He repeatedly told her to step aside, telling her to resign or else she would kill him. Emilia Sykes hung up the phone and called the number belonging to her father. Her father then answered the phone."

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WATCH: Video shows NYPD beating anti-police violence protesters with batons

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Protesters of police violence received a harsh reception from the New York Police Department on Friday evening.

The protesters had marched to the Barclays Center, where they were met with a large police presence.

Heavy police presence posted outside of Barclays Center. If you’re protesting, please stay safe.

- Legal Aid Society’s Contact Number: 212-577-3300- Link to Brooklyn Bail Fund: https://t.co/cxRXqgrrum #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/IgISXvkOj1

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