Rep. John Lewis: Trump isn't a 'legitimate president'
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Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) doesn't plan to attend President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE's inauguration next week, saying he doesn’t believe Trump is a "legitimate president."

"I believe in forgiveness. I believe in trying to work with people. It will be hard. It's going to be very difficult. I don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” Lewis said in an interview for NBC News's "Meet the Press."

Lewis's remark came when asked if he would “forge a relationship” with the president-elect. When pressed on why he believes Trump’s presidency is illegitimate, Lewis pointed to intelligence reports of Russian interference in the election. 

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“I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden to debate for first time as front-runner Top Trump ally says potential Amash presidential bid could be problematic in Michigan Chaotic Trump transition leaks: Debates must tackle how Democrats will govern differently MORE,” Lewis said.

Trump acknowledged this week that Russia was responsible for some hacking during the campaign, though the president-elect and many on his team assert that it didn't affect the result of the presidential election.

Lewis also told NBC News that he wouldn’t attend the inauguration, making him the sixth House Democrat to publicly vow not to attend the Jan. 20 event.

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) announced earlier Friday from the House floor that he plans to skip the event, joining Democratic Reps. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.), Jared Huffman (Calif.), Katherine Clark (Mass.) and Barbara Lee (Calif.).

“I don't plan to attend the inauguration. It will be the first one that I miss since I’ve been in Congress,” Lewis said. “You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right.”