Trump's lawyer circulates email with secessionist rhetoric

Richard Drew  AP

Among the contents of the email are claims that Confederate leader Robert E. Lee (a statue of whom right-wingers in Charlottesville vowed to protect) is "no different" than President George Washington and that Muslim terrorists have "infiltrated" the Federal Bureau of Investigation and activists groups like Black Lives Matter.

It contained the subject line "The Information that Validates President Trump on Charlottesville". Lee and President Washington.

In an excerpt of the email, which the Times said echoed secessionist Civil War propaganda, its author wrote there literally is no difference between Lee and Washington, citing their ownership of slaves and their roles as rebel commanders.

Almon, 52, is black and according to the New York Times runs several conspiracy websites. Apparently none of those reporters found it newsworthy that the president's attorney considers Robert E. Lee a hero, because the NYT broke the story after a recipient shared a copy.

In a list giving examples of why Mr Lee and Mr Washington are similar, the email says that "both saved America" despite the fact that the Confederacy lost the Civil War.

Heather Heyer, 32, was killed and several others were injured in the Charlottesville attack after 20-year-old James Fields rammed his auto into a crowd of counterprotesters at the "Unite the Right" white nationalist rally.

The email was written by a man named Jerome Almon, who once sued Canada for $900 million after claiming that border guards discriminated against him and other African-American rappers. Mr. Almon blamed the group for deadly violence against police past year in Texas and Louisiana. Mr Trump has received bipartisan criticism for his for his comments on Tuesday insisting that white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other hate groups did not deserve 100 per cent of the blame for the violence that engulfed Charlottesville, Virginia last Saturday.

Trump said some of those protesting the planned removal of Lee's statue were "very fine people". Mr. Dowd told the Times in response to questions about the email.

When the New York Times contacted Dowd about the email, he replied: 'You're sticking your nose in my personal email?'

Bowd confirmed to the Washington Post that he sent the email to government officials and conservative journalists but defended it by saying that he quote "shares a lot of things with a lot of people" and that doesn't necessarily mean he agrees with the viewpoints in the article.

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