Jeff Sessions Defends Trump’s Response To Violence In Charlottesville

Source: Alex Wong

The attorney general speaks out on the car attack that left one person dead and many injured during the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“It does meet the definition of domestic terrorism in our statute,” Jeff Sessions said on ABC News’ “Good Morning America,” Monday. “We are pursuing it in the [Department of Justice] in every way that we can make a case.”

“You can be sure we will charge and advance the investigation towards the most serious charges that can be brought because this is unequivocally an unacceptable evil attack,” he added. “Terrorism investigators from the FBI are working on the case as well as civil rights division FBI agents.”

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The man accused of the attack is 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr., who sped his silver Dodge Challenger into a crowd of people who had been protesting the assembly of white nationalists, white supremacists, fascists, nazis, and others. Fields ultimately ended up injuring 19 people, as well as killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. The incident occurred shortly after authorities in Charlottesville called off the “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally on Saturday.

Fields has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count related to leaving the scene of the wreck.

Sessions also defended Donald Trump‘s statement on the incident, with many believing that the latter offered an ambiguous response that failed to condemn the white supremacists that rallied in Charlottesville. The attorney general said that Trump “explicitly condemned the kind of ideology behind these movements of Nazism, white supremacy, the KKK. That is his unequivocal position, he totally opposes those kind of values.”


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