In the aftermath of the Charlottesville violence that took place over the weekend, President Donald Trump will return to the White House Monday afternoon for a meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and newly minted FBI Director Christopher Wray. He will also meet with Chief of Staff General John Kelly. This will be the first time the President has met in person with the attorney general since openly criticizing and attacking him on Twitter.
Sessions announced over the weekend the Department of Justice has opened a full-scale civil rights investigation into what happened in Charlottesville. Specifically, prosecutors will target white supremacists who allegedly incited violence and left one woman dead at Saturday’s protest after a man deliberately drove a car into a crowd.
“The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice. When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated. I have talked with FBI Director Chris Wray, FBI agents on the scene, and law enforcement officials for the state of Virginia. The FBI has been supporting state and local authorities throughout the day. U.S. Attorney Rick Mountcastle has commenced a federal investigation and will have the full support of the Department of Justice. Justice will prevail,” Sessions said.
Trump was roundly criticized over the weekend for condemning “all sides” and failing to specifically call out white supremacy.