AG Jeff Sessions: Trump "absolutely" needs to specifically condemn white supremacy

Elliot Harding

The Associated Press

Still, Sessions was also quick to defend Trump's equivocal response to the violent clashes that occurred Saturday during a white nationalist rally to protest the removal of a Confederate statue.

"It (violence) does meet the definition of domestic terrorism in our statute".

"We are pursuing it in the Department of Justice in every way that we can make a case". "The right and professional thing to do is work together and to make an honest and objective decision about whether the right place is to bring the case".

Police have arrested the man, named James Fields Jr., and charged him with second-degree murder, and three counts of malicious wounding.

Of the 19 people injured, 10 remained hospitalized in good condition and nine had been released, the University of Virginia Health System said.

He added that the auto attack could be a violation of federal civil rights laws under 18, U.S.C., Section 245 or a hate crime under 18, U.S.C, Section 249, and there could be other federal charges brought. The White House said Trump would meet Sessions and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to discuss Charlottesville Monday afternoon.

The Department of Justice has said it's launched a civil rights probe into the deadly incident Saturday, when Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr. plowed his auto into anti-racism protesters in Charlottesville.

The White House added a meeting regarding the events in Charlottesville, Virginia to President Donald Trump's schedule on Monday.

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The white supremacist charged with killing a protester in Charlottesville, Va., may have committed an act of terrorism, the top USA prosecutor said Monday.

On CBS's "This Morning", Sessions said his relationship with Trump is now "considerably better" and he looks forward to the meeting.

"Racism, white supremacy is totally unacceptable", Sessions said.

Along with attacking the Attorney General on Twitter, the President publicly acknowledged that he was angry with Mr Sessions for recusing himself from an investigation into Trump campaign advisers' alleged ties to Russian Federation. "We've had these spasms of violence that are unacceptable in America", Sessions said.

Sessions's language today seems, in part, to be reflective of Republican talking points that accumulated on the web after Trump's failure. "They are unjustified in their actions and their approach to American democracy".

The investigation will examine the actual ramming attack itself, whether it was pre-meditated, and - if it is determined the attack was planned - if others were involved.

However, the greater issue of clashes between the rallying white supremacists and counter-protesters is now not under investigation.

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