Trump lawyer forwarded email comparing Washington, Robert E. Lee

"You can not be against General Lee and be for General Washington, there literally is no difference between the two men", the email forwarded by Dowd reads, per the Times". Titled "Information that Validates President Trump on Charlottesville", the email also advocated protecting monuments honoring Confederate soldiers, according to the Washington Post.

"Both owned slaves. Both rebelled against the ruling government".

"Both were great men, great commanders and great Americans, " the email read.

According to the Times, the email's author, Jerome Almon, runs several websites alleging government conspiracies and asserting that Islamic terrorists have infiltrated the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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On Tuesday the president said not all people protesting the removal of the statue were white supremacists or neo-Nazis, claiming that "very fine people" exist on both sides. The contents of the email echo Trump's sentiment in the debate about Charlottesville.

A proposal to remove a 93-year-old statute of Lee from Charlottesville's Emancipation Park helped draw Klu Klux Klan members, neo-Nazi groups and other white supremacists to last weekend's Unite the Right rally in the city, where 32-year-old counter-protester Heather Heyer was killed on Saturday.

Trump lawyer John Dowd forwarded a jarring email to government officials and conservative outlets Wednesday. Dowd forwarded it to more than two dozen people, the report said, including journalists at The Washington Times, Fox News, a senior official at the Department of Homeland Security and The Wall Street Editorial page. I wonder is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after?

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

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"They were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee", he continued. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down.

When The Times asked Dowd about the email, the lawyer downplayed the importance of him circulating it.

"I think there is blame on both sides", Trump said to reporters in Trump Tower on Tuesday.

Dowd later told The Washington Post that he was a Civil War history buff who shares a lot of things with people.

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Almon, who is black, is now circulating emails to discredit Black Lives Matter, a protest movement formed in response to numerous police shootings of African-Americans.

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