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DOJ opens very narrow probe into Charlottesville killing

On Saturday, the Justice Department opened its most high profile new investigation into a possible hate crime since the Senate confirmed an attorney general who was once deemed too racist to be a federal judge. The DOJ announced that “the Richmond FBI field office, the Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western district of Virginia have opened a civil rights investigation into the circumstances” of a deadly crash where a driver appeared to intentionally plow into surrounding crowds during Saturday’s protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Although Donald Trump refused to condemn white nationalists who descended on Charlottesville this weekend — preferring instead to blame violence on “many sides” — Attorney General Jeff Sessions struck a more pointed tone in a statement reacting to the events in Charlottesville. “The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice,” Sessions said. “When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated.” …

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DOJ opens very narrow probe into Charlottesville killing

On Saturday, the Justice Department opened its most high profile new investigation into a possible hate crime since the Senate confirmed an attorney general who was once deemed too racist to be a federal judge. The DOJ announced that “the Richmond FBI field office, the Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western district of Virginia have opened a civil rights investigation into the circumstances” of a deadly crash where a driver appeared to intentionally plow into surrounding crowds during Saturday’s protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Although Donald Trump refused to condemn white nationalists who descended on Charlottesville this weekend — preferring instead to blame violence on “many sides” — Attorney General Jeff Sessions struck a more pointed tone in a statement reacting to the events in Charlottesville. “The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice,” Sessions said. “When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated.” …

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