John Dowd, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, forwarded an email on Wednesday to conservative journalists and others that praised Confederate general Robert E. Lee and trashed Black Lives Matter as “totally infiltrated by terrorist groups.” According to The New York Times, the email cast Lee “in glowing terms and equated the South’s rebellion to that of the American Revolution against England,” and said Lee “is no different than” George Washington. Dowd reportedly forwarded the email to The Wall Street Journal editorial board, Fox News reporters, and a top official at the Department of Homeland Security, among others. It came just a day after Trump blamed “both sides” for white supremacist-fueled deadly violence in Charlottesville. The subject line of the message reads, “The Information that Validates President Trump on Charlottesville.” Dowd accused the Times of “sticking your nose in my personal email” before hanging up. “People send me things. I forward them,” Dowd said.
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