Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department is investigating the Virginia violence over removal of a Confederate monument. President Trump is expected to address the issue today, after he was widely criticized for citing violence “on many sides.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says “too much has been read into” President Trump’s statement Saturday amid violence at a protest in Charlottesville, Va., related to the removal of a Confederate monument. Sessions told NBC’s “Today” that Trump had “explicitly condemned” violence and that “he totally opposes” the values espoused by white supremacy organizations, the Associated Press reports. Trump cited violence “on many sides.” Sessions said he expects Trump to say more, saying “I think you’ll hear that again today.”
Sessions said that he and FBI officials have a meeting scheduled with Trump today, saying “we’re on this case.” Trump, who has been at his New Jersey golf club on a working vacation, was set to make a one-day return to Washington to sign an executive action on China’s trade practices. Senior White House aides were dispatched to the morning news shows, yet they struggled at times to explain the president’s position on Charlottesville. A White House statement on Sunday explicitly denounced the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi groups, but it was attributed to an unnamed spokesperson and not the president himself.