Is it time to question whether Donald Trump is our rightly elected president? Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) seems to think so.
In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Lewis says that allegations about Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election on Trump’s behalf put a permanent stain on his presidency that cannot be erased.
“I don’t see the president-elect as a legitimate president,” said Lewis, a civil rights icon who was instrumental in organizing the Selma marches in 1965. “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.”
Lewis went on to say that he does not plan to attend Trump’s inauguration, marking the first one that he has missed since he became a congressman for Georgia’s 5th District in 1987.
Todd then told Lewis that it was going to send a “big message to a lot of people in this country that you don’t believe that he’s a legitimate president.”
Lewis, however, was undeterred.
“I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians and others to help him get elected,” he said. “That’s not right, that’s not fair. That’s not the open, democratic process.”
Check out Todd’s interview with Lewis below.
Fox News contributor Dan Bongino: John Bolton is just another ‘snake’ in the liberal ‘swamp’
Fox News contributor Dan Bongino said that President Barack Obama had not done enough to clean the "swamp" in Washington, D.C. after reports said that former National Security Adviser John Bolton was aware of the president's Ukraine scheme.
According to portions of Bolton's new book obtained by The New York Times, Trump told him to withhold Ukraine aid to force the country to investigate Joe Biden and his son.
Bongino suggested to the hosts of Fox & Friends that Bolton, who was also a Fox News contributor at one time, could be part of a liberal conspiracy to bring down the president.
Taliban claims American plane ‘crashed’ in eastern Afghanistan
The Taliban claimed a US forces aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan Monday hours after a plane went down into an area controlled largely by the insurgents.
The militants claim comes as confusion continued to surround the incident, with Afghan officials and airliners denying that any of their aircraft are missing while NATO have yet to officially comment on the crash.
"An aircraft of American occupiers has crashed in Ghazni province," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a Pashto-language statement, adding that all the crew members onboard had been killed.Confusion also clouded the Taliban statement, however, with one version saying the plane crashed while another version said the insurgents brought down the craft.
Large swathes of rural areas in Ghazni province are controlled or under the influence of Taliban militants, making access difficult for officials.
Fox News guest calls for Obama testimony in Trump impeachment trial
A Fox News guest suggested calling former President Barack Obama to testify in his successor's impeachment trial.
David Avella, chairman of the GOPPAC organization, appeared Monday morning on "America's Newsroom" to address claims by former national security adviser John Bolton, who said in his upcoming book that President Donald Trump explicitly tied Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe Biden.
Republican senators were reportedly blindsided by the revelations, which the White House knew about last month, and are signaling they may call Bolton to testify during the trial -- but Avella warned that would come at a cost to Democrats.