US Attorney General Sessions Opens Civil Rights Probe in Charlottesville Crash

Cruz calls for Justice Department investigation into Charlottesville violence

A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failing to stop at the scene of a crash that resulted in a death. When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and can not be tolerated. "The FBI has been supporting state and local authorities throughout the day", Sessions said in a statement to numerous media outlets.

One person was killed and 19 were hurt when a speeding vehicle slammed into a throng of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, where a "Unite the Right" rally comprised of right-wing groups had been scheduled to take place, the city tweeted on its verified account.

After Mr Trump received backlash for what critics viewed as equivocal comments on Saturday regarding the white nationalist protest, the White House on Sunday released another statement insisting that Mr Trump "condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred and of course that includes white Supremacists, KKK, neo-nazi and all extremist groups".

The investigation was announced late Saturday by officials of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia and the Richmond field office of the FBI. The rally drew members of white nationalist groups who marched through the streets of Charlottesville Friday night carrying torches and chanting racist and anti-Semitic slogans.

Sessions also says he is meeting with President Donald Trump and officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday to discuss the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, told ABC's "This Week" that it appears to be a terrorist attack.

"Any time that you commit an attack against people to incite fear, it is terrorism", he said, adding that it's also a "criminal act against fellow Americans". "This hatred is un-American and can not be tolerated".

Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter, tweeted on Sunday that "there should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis". "Let's come together as one!"

Some of them, including US Republican Senator Cory Gardner, urged US President Donald Trump to "call evil by its name" and pursue a tougher policy toward far-right nationalist groups.

Trump responded to Saturday's violence in Charlottesville by blaming bigotry on "many sides".

Sessions is preparing to meet with the president and Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray about Charlottesville this afternoon. "It's been going on for a long time in our country".

The AG has said Donald Trump is likely to re-address the attacks later today.

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