Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump Attorney John Dowd Forwards Bizarre Email Rant Defending Robert E. Lee

Trump Attorney John Dowd Forwards Bizarre Email Rant Defending Robert E. Lee

For the record, General Lee is not literally George Washington.

"I wanted to help him".

The email was originally written by Jerome Almon, an online writer and government conspiracy theorist who told the Times he has spoken with Dowd.

A veritable legal dream team Trump's got going here.

Almon, who is black, said in the email that Black Lives Matter is being run by terrorists as well.

What is most shocking about this email is that it was actually not authored by Dowd, but by a black man named Jerome Almon.

John Dowd forwarded the email to more than two dozen recipients, including a senior official at the Department of Homeland Security and staff at the Wall Street Journal, Fox News and the Washington Times, the New York Times reports.

The ridiculous email told recipients, "You can not be against General Lee and be for General Washington, there literally is no difference between the two men".

Dowd was recently hired to help Trump respond to an investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The email he sent to Dowd reportedly claimed that Gen.

The email - titled "The Information that Validates President Trump on Charlottesville" - appeared to echo and applaud the controversial claim the president has made in defending a central goal of the protest led by white supremacists.

Trump said some of those protesting the planned removal of Lee's statue were "very fine people".

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.

The email forward by Dowd may raise fresh questions about the way information travels in the orbit of advisers surrounding the president.

Almon claims that he has met Trump and even warned his campaign aides that he was the target of surveillance efforts.

"People send me things", he went on. Prior encounters between Almon and Trump could not immediately be verified.

Almon said he sent the email because he felt the president needed more historical facts to buttress his argument about Charlottesville.

Both rebelled against the ruling government. One difference here is that this is the president of the United States' lawyer.

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

Almon claimed that he had extensive documentation of being racially profiled and illegally detailed while trying to cross into Canada to promote his music career.

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