TRUMP'S LAWYER FORWARDS E-MAIL LACED WITH CONFEDERATE PROPAGANDA AND CONSPIRACY THEORIES: President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Wednesday forwarded an email to conservative journalists, government officials and friends that echoed secessionist Civil War propaganda and declared that the group Black Lives Matter “has been totally infiltrated by terrorist groups.” The email forwarded by John Dowd, who is leading the president’s legal team, painted Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in glowing terms and equated the South’s rebellion to that of the American Revolution against England. Its subject line — “The Information that Validates President Trump on Charlottesville” — was a reference to comments Trump made this week in the aftermath of protests in the Virginia college town. “You cannot be against General Lee and be for General Washington,” the email reads, “there literally is no difference between the two men.”
TRUMP ATTACKS FELLOW REPUBLICAN LINDSAY GRAHAM IN LATEST TWITTER TANTRUM: President Donald Trump has taken a swipe at a fellow Republican, calling Sen. Lindsey Graham a “publicity seeking” lawmaker. In a daybreak post on his Twitter account Thursday, Trump faulted the GOP senator for statements Graham has made about the president’s stance on the violence and death of a woman in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump said in his tweet: “Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists and people like Ms. Heyer.” He was referring to Heather Heyer, the woman who was killed when she was struck by a car driven into the crowd. “Such a disgusting lie,” Trump said of Graham’s remarks. “He just can’t forget his election trouncing. The people of South Carolina will remember.” In a separate tweet, Trump accused “the Fake News” of distorting “what I say about hate, bigotry, etc. Shame!”
AS CEO'S CONTINUE TO RESIGN OVER PRESIDENT'S COMMENTS, TRUMP DISBANDS BUSINESS PANELS: With corporate chieftains fleeing, President Donald Trump abruptly dismantled two of his White House business councils Wednesday —an attempt to manage his increasing isolation and the continued fallout from his combative comments on racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump announced the action via tweet, although only after one of the panels had already agreed to disband earlier in the day. A growing number of business leaders on the councils had openly criticized his remarks laying blame for the violence at a white supremacists rally on "both sides." Denise Morrison, chief executive of Campbell Soup, declared she was leaving Trump's manufacturing council, saying, "The president should have been — and still needs to be — unambiguous" in denouncing white supremacists.
MORE ARRESTS MADE IN DURHAM OVER TOPPLING OF CONFEDERATE STATUE: More protesters were arrested Wednesday for participating in a demonstration that toppled a Confederate statue in North Carolina. The statue in Durham came down Monday night when a protester climbed a ladder to attach a rope and demonstrators on the ground pulled the bronze soldier from its pedestal. On Wednesday, Dante Strobino and Ngoc Loan Tran were led away in handcuffs when they came to a court hearing for the woman who climbed the ladder. The Durham County Sheriff’s office said Tran and Strobino are charged with two felonies related to inciting and participating in a riot that damaged property. The woman who climbed the ladder, Takiyah Thompson, was charged with the same counts Tuesday. The three are affiliated with the Workers World Party, which helped organize the Durham protest in response to deadly violence over the weekend during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
GOP PROBE INTO GENX BACKFIRES AS MCCRORY ADMINISTRATION IMPLICATED: Among the questions GOP senators asked: When did the Cooper administration first learn a Chemours plant was discharging GenX, which is used to make Teflon and other products, into the river? The administration answered Monday that the first reports came to the state in November 2016, during former Gov. Pat McCrory's watch. A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services said there was no mention of GenX in transition documents handed over as the McCrory administration gave way to Cooper's. Tom Reeder, who was assistant secretary at DEQ in 2016, works now as a policy adviser for Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger. Berger's press office declined to grant an interview with Reeder Tuesday, saying it's long-standing policy that only the senator's press office can speak with reporters.