Trump lawyer forwarded email comparing Washington, Robert E. Lee: report

Trump lawyer forwarded email comparing Washington, Robert E. Lee: report
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President Trump's personal lawyer forwarded an email equating first United States President George Washington with Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, according to a report by The New York Times Wednesday.

The email, which had the subject head “The Information that Validates President Trump on Charlottesville," listed similarities between Lee and Washington.

"Both owned slaves" and "both rebelled against the ruling government," a section titled "Lee is no different than Washington" read.

Another part says, "There is literally no difference between the two men."

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The email was originally penned by Jerome Almon, who runs various websites peddling government conspiracy theories, including one that argues the FBI has been infiltrated by Islamic terrorists.

John Dowd, the attorney, did not deny sending the email to the Times, telling the publication: “People send me things. I forward them.” 

The email comes a day after President Trump compared the two men at a bombastic Trump Tower press conference while discussing violence in Charlottesville, Va., at a white nationalist rally originally held to protest the removal of a statue of Lee over the weekend.

"They were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee,” he continued. “This week it's Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week, and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”

One woman died and at least 19 people were injured after a driver with alleged ties to white supremacists rammed his car into counterprotesters in Charlottesville on Saturday.

White supremacist and neo-Nazi groups were scheduled to gather in Charlottesville's Emancipation Park Saturday to protest the city's decision to remove the Lee statue there.