Sessions Opens Federal Probe Into Charlottesville

NBC News reports:

The Department of Justice said late Saturday it has opened a civil-rights investigation into a deadly car-ramming incident that witnesses said targeted counter-protesters at a white nationalist and alt-right rally in Virginia.

“The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated.”

The FBI said in a statement Saturday that it, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia have opened a civil rights investigation into the car striking the crowd of people. Sessions said the federal investigation “will have the full support of the Department of Justice.” “Justice will prevail,” he said.

Late last night on CNN, former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli argued that Virginia was “well-equipped” to handle such a civil rights investigation on their own, noting that the state had prosecuted the Beltway Snipers without federal aid. One of the killers was executed in 2009 and the other is serving a life sentence.

  • crewman

    Of course Sessions opened a probe. He needs to get to the bottom of who dented that poor man’s car.

    • kcken

      And why only one bad hombre was killed…

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    • Nic Peterson

      Holding the scales of justice and the mirror that will be required for this case is beyond the capabilities of this little elf.

  • Danieruw

    I thought some of Sessions core values ARE racial bigotry and hatred!

  • Leo

    Sessions: But but I don’t wanna!!!!

    Oh and fuck Cuccinelli, who’s worse than all of them.

    • clay

      Cuccinelli is playing into Trump’s “one all sides” bullshit.

    • Ninja0980

      Thank goodness that POS never became governor.

  • clay

    Deaths?
    Is he including the troopers in the helicopter because they were only there because of the white riot, or does he know something that’s not publicly released? green lasers?

  • Michael R
  • bkmn

    It’s ok to be filled with hateful rage but how dare they do it in front of a camera!

    • Gigi

      A guy on FB said this: The counter protestors wouldn’t have gotten hurt if they hadn’t tried to silence the white supremacists. They were trying to take away their first amendment right to free speech.

      • Uncle Mark

        Funny, I don’t recall seeing any of the anti-protestors packing firearms versus the Nazis to take away their 1st Amendment Rights or to intimidate. How many people have the anti-Nazi protestors killed?

      • Acronym Jim

        Classic and obvious concern trolling. The FB guy doesn’t mention the counter-protesters right to free speech. In fact, it he doesn’t want them to exercise it at all. Funny that.

      • bkmn

        They think free speech means speech with no consequences – of course they are completely wrong.

        • Gigi

          One of the Nazis at the hate march got fired after he was outed to his boss. Free Speech that, loser!

  • Ninja0980

    Bottom line, if you want to be racist, do it via voter id laws, drug laws etc like I do.

    • another_steve

      Lol. So true.

      Jeff Sessions investigating racially-motivated hate crimes is like my cat investigating whether the United States of America should ban catnip.

      • (((GC)))

        Preach!

    • Gerry Fisher

      mmm-hmmm! Don’t be so *gosh* as to use a *car* as a battering ram, you white trash hillbilly! There are more wide-ranging, systemic ways to get the job done.

  • SoCalGal20
  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    …under pressure.

  • Blake Mason

    “…noting that the state had prosecuted the Beltway Snipers without federal aid. One of the killers was executed in 2009 and the other is serving a life sentence.”

    I guess it is easier when the suspects are black.

    • Bj Lincoln

      You make a good point but I don’t think that was the point he was trying to make.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    The Federal probe by Jeff Sessions is, “How can I become a member in good standing again?”

    • Uncle Mark

      Shouldn’t Sessions recuse himself from this too….being a proven life-long White racist, himself?

  • abqdan

    Since this was a terrorist attack, DHS should be investigating. Did this terrorist act alone? Is there a terror cell operating in Ohio that planned this action? What are the politcal and other affiliations of this terrorist…. Oh wait – white Christian. Sorry, it was just a traffic accident.

    • Blake Mason

      Helping shut down male escort websites is more their thing.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      I woke up and was watching AL Sharpton who was interviewing a reporter who there yesterday.

      ” People were running after the car accident happened”

      UGH!

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        I hope people send him a lot of complaints.

    • Uncle Mark

      This morning they had Tom Bossert (Drumpf appt’d Homeland Security Advisor) on CNN. The man was turning himself into a pretzel praising Drumpf & trying very hard not to condemn Nazis. He was angry & insulting to Tapper before begrudgingly condemning Nazis and the KKK. Drumpf and his cabinet are infested with Nazis/White Supremists and sycophants.

      • Hank

        It took him 1 1/2 minutes to AVOID saying the words White/Supremacy, Neo-Nazi, Alt-Right!!! So much for the security from Homeland Security!!!

        • Uncle Mark

          And it took 15 minutes of shaming by Tapper before he begrudgingly condemned those hate groups. Of course Bossert insulted Tapper several times before caving.

          We need to purge the White House of this infestation of deplorables

    • Adam Schmidt

      And yeah, I agree. We should be treating this as a terrorist attack.

      I’m tired of the changing lexicon the Nazis and bigots and fascists keep using to try to play word games under the radar. Their latest is “cosmopolitan” which to most folks just means urban and perhaps sophisticated. To them it means mixed-race and undesirable diversity. And it’s this White House and it’s administration that keeps using these buzz words.

      So I’m calling it as I see it… no more “alt-right”, it’s Nazis. I’m not going to play the damn game on their playing field with their rules. Fuck that! When a guy flies a Confederate or Nazi flag, he’s a traitor. Only traitors would fly the flag of a people who fought this country. Those Confederate memorials, they’re memorials to traitors. Bigoted, racist, slave-owning traitors. When people from the “alt-right” march bearing emblems showing literal fascia, they’re fascists.

      And when it comes down to it, fascists and Nazis and traitors… they’re all enemies of democracy and the United States and need to be treated as such.

    • clay

      Trump’s team has defunded the domestic terrorism office in the FBI.
      As far as they’re concerned, the only terrorists are foreign-born.

  • Gigi

    Some asshat on FB said this about yesterday’s tragedy:

    “Now they (Liberals) have tried to prevent the crazy-KKK from using their first amendment Free Speech and because of that one of those loons drives a car and kills this poor woman. If you let the loons speak then they go away and disappear into obscurity.”

    According to him, the KKK has the right to spew hate and we just have to sit back an allow it. If we don’t and someone gets hurt, it’s our fault for trying to “silence” them. We should just ignore them and they’ll go away. Makes sense because that’s what happened in Nazi Germany.

    • SoCalGal20

      A+ victim-blaming, FB douchebag!

      • Uncle Mark

        Victim blaming…it’s what men with no testicular fortitude default to. “It’s YOUR fault that I’m acting so badly & violently. i have no responsibility or free will in this.”

  • TrueWords

    Jeff Sessions wants to appear tough but alas he is weak and ineffective

    Ken Cuccinelli cares only about the Bible and upholding it

  • AdamTh

    Sessions investigating civil rights abuse?

    Can you say “W-h-i-t-e W-a-s-h”?

    • Adam Schmidt

      The civil rights investigation is to determine if they can bring federal level hate crime charges on top of everything else. Now, whether with Sessions in charge they’ll sweep as much of it as they can under the rug… that’s a different thing.

    • Bluto

      Emphasize on white.
      If any good can be wrung out of yesterdays horror is that it gave the nazi movement a helleva black eye. Keep punching every damn one of ’em into obscurity. That’s up to sane people cuz the executive branch is fully aligned with the fascists.

      • Silver Badger

        Here I was thinking white trash with the emphasis on trash.

        • Bluto

          hmmm, you have a point.

    • canoebum

      The only conclusion we can expect from the Sessions DoJ is that the counter protesters incited the Nazis to violence. They’ll need to be rounded up to prevent future violence at Nazi gatherings.

  • Ross

    WOW!

    The DOJ opens a Federal probe into Charlottesville!!!!!!!!

    Oh…wait…

    Never mind.

    • Jerry Kott

      Window dressing !

    • Ken M

      I thought the elf was on the Trump hit list. A true voice for DOJ “core values,” whatever in hell those are.

  • TimCA

    The use of the words ‘Jeff Sessions’ and ‘civil rights’ in the same sentence is ludicrous on its face.

  • Todd20036

    I think we can officially say that our “President” is a Nazi.

    He’d be ok with 1930s Germany slaughtering Jews.

    And once the judiciary branch falls and bigotry is enshrined into law, it will be time to run

    • Bj Lincoln

      I want to run now.

      • Silver Badger

        I may want to run, but it will never happen. I’m going to stay and fight to my last breath because I’m just that perverse.

      • OdieDenCO

        I’ve been running for months in work boots and jeans just to get use to the weight. If I need to go guerrilla I’ll be prepared.

    • Uncle Mark

      It’s amazing how the racists actually refuse to acknowledge (or express some disappointing realization) that Jared & Ivanka are Jews. It’s the same way, so many of them choose to ignore the crimes and other horrible things our fake-President does and says. So many are no different than the Germans, who turned a blind eye to their leader’s holocaust. Even horrible Stephen Miller (born to Jewish parents) is among the Nazis, using their dog whistles and code words. (Did he NOT hear the anti-Semitic chants in Virginia? Does he think that he will somehow be spared their hate?)

  • BobSF_94117

    Uh… shouldn’t this be a terrorism investigation? There was at least one report (I make no claim about its veracity) that he had people helping to direct him out of the area after the attack.

    Not that one can’t have simultaneous terror and civil-rights investigations.

    • clay

      FBI office on domestic terrorism has been closed down by Trump’s team.

  • greenmanTN

    Jeff Sessions: “How can we make racism more camera friendly?”

  • Jerry Kott

    I am not holding my breath.

  • Leo

    New VERY close video of incident , warning extremely graphic nsfw. goes to their site, if you don’t wanna give them traffic, don’t click. https://twitter.com/TMZ/status/896738892027576320

    • Bluto

      There is no punishment that can be overly severe. I hate thinking how much worse this could of been if other vehicles had not blocked his path.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Hank

      Repost it ALL day long, WE need to put a name and face to what the White Supremacist/Neo-Nazis have done!!!

    • JCF

      Memory eternal. Your witness&sacrifice will never be forgotten. We Demand Justice for Heather!!!

  • Cackalaquiano

    Why the hell did CNN interview Cuccinelli? That man’s a wacko right winger too (though probably not a raging Klanner)

  • Gustav2

    Ken Cuccinelli. yeah, peoples of color, gay people and other liberals trust his judgement on these things.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor
    • OdieDenCO

      granny would have peppered beauregard’s back side with bacon rind and rock salt. damn revenuers!

  • Ken M

    Have to love how the GOP and Trump WH suddenly go from everything being “they, and them,” to it all being “us, and we.” Nothing quite like inclusion, when needed.

  • StillALiberal

    I am correct in assuming that POTUS can only pardon people convicted of breaking Federal Law but not State Laws ? Maybe, that’s the reason why Sessions wants the DoJ involved ?

  • Ken M

    I know it should be obvious, but it would still be nice for them to clarify just whose Civil Rights they are investigating.

    • Talisman

      The suspect’s, of course…those people were clearly oppressing his right to drive wherever he wants!

      /s

      • Ken M

        so much for obvious. : )

  • OdieDenCO

    beauregard jumping in to protect his fiends by muddying the water and destroying evidence.

  • Hank

    Sessions LACKS the MORAL AUTHORITY to do anything, based upon his OWN Racist Beliefs AND Actions, before and since he became AG!!!

  • SoCalGal20

    That University of NV Reno student and white nationalist was interviewed by the local news. Oy.

    http://www.ktvn.com/story/36123640/unr-student-marches-in-charlottesville-white-nationalist-rally

  • anne marie in philly

    sessions is part of the problem as a white racist; so even if the probe finds something, he will chalk it up to “boys will be boys”. LOCK THEM UP!

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      The other Senators seem to be totally enraptured by this evil elf so they’re part of the problem as well.

  • Rocco

    So the Klan is going to investigate itself?

    • J Ascher

      Why not? The police often investigate themselves!

      • Rocco

        And we see how that turned out…

  • Gerry Fisher

    I’ll bet that they’ll hyper focus on the driver of the car. He’s an acceptable, expendable scapegoat.

    • Bluto

      Yup. They will ignore the causes & instigators of this.

  • DesertSun59

    The sole purpose for Sessions to interject his sad elven opinion into this matter is to exonerate the Nazis.

    • Tulle Christensen

      I am sure he is already busy writing the report on how the lone wolf took matters into his own hands

  • Ken M

    Hey Elf…Why don’t you skip over all the racial and hate crap you will never prove and call this what it is? Man runs down and kills women in VA. I believe it’s referred to as “vehicular homicide.”

  • Harveyrabbit
  • teedofftaxpayer

    That’ll be a wasted probe because they’ll just try to figure out how the sheets got dirtied.

  • Tom

    Anybody have faith in Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions investigation of civil rights?
    Hell NO!

  • Dagoril

    If Sessions wants to stick it to The Donald for trying to drive him out, this would be an excellent opportunity to do so.

    I’m not optimistic about that, however.

  • MBear

    Lol. Nazis investigating Nazis. ” nuttin to see here”

  • -M-

    Investigate Alex Jones as an accessory before and after the fact.

  • geoffalnutt

    Sessions / civil rights?? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!!!!!!!!!!

  • -M-

    Why are they talking to Dominionist filth Cuccinelli instead of Virginia’s current AG or his spokesperson??

  • agcons

    Oh, sure. Sessions will probe his nostrils, nothing more.

  • John T

    Logging into Disqus for the first time in months just to say this: Fuck you Jeff Sessions. You built this. Any federal investigation of racial terrorism should, in a just world, begin with your career and your office.

  • DoctorDJ

    All those libtards and coloreds damaging the front end of that nice car!

    MAGA = Morons Are Governing America.

  • LovesIrony

    The ss is investigating

  • Sessions can’t wait to get to the bottom of why all those anti-Nazi protestors illegally threw themselves in front of that car.

  • Jim Gallagher-Barker

    Me: Sessions is opening a federal probe

    Husband: Into Trump’s dick size?

    Me: No. They’d have to find it first, and that could take years.

    In the meantime, given Sessions’ history, who wants to bet that the “investigation” results in a whitewash? (Pun intended.)

  • JWC

    Sessions will probably sayd that the deceased was jay walking

  • amati1684

    I wonder who wrote that statement; surely not Jeff Sessions.

  • Plutonius

    Sessions just wants to hang out with his old Klan buddies; this is a good excuse to do so.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    First off, the “Cooch” needs to just shut the fuck up and crawl back under whatever vile rock he came out of.

    As for this ‘probe’, I have my doubts as to the sincerity or veracity behind it, but I wouldn’t mind being wrong about that.

  • Prost Seattle

    Can’t spell gestapo without GOP

  • JCF

    Here come the Antifa and BLM indictments…

  • ian

    I imagine by the time I post this, the so called investigation will be over. Nothing to see here, nothing to see here.

  • ian

    I posted this yesterday, made a few changes.
    I hope this becomes a watershed moment. Trump and his supporters and enablers own this, and every registered republican bears a share of responsibility. I know there are people who will say you can’t smear all republicans with the same brush, just as you can’t smear all muslims because of the terrorist acton of a few radical extremists. To that I would say, no. You can’t smear all Americans because of the terrorist actions of a few radical extremists. The GOP? Well, Islamic terrorists also have their political enablers. Hamas has been accused of supporting terrorism, as has the government of Iran, and the Saudi’s, and I now would add the GOP and their members. Sure a few republicans have spoken out against this. Too little too late. They stood by and enabled trump. They regularly appear on Fox blowing the racist dog whistle (and fox is just as responsible for this). The GOP has done nothing but currie favor with nazis for votes for decades. If you are a republican and you’re genuinely horrified at what your party has become, you can leave it. It won’t kill you to do so. And if you can’t go against your party, well then you may as well admit you are ok with this. No more excuses. No more equivocating. Time to decide if you’re an American first or not. Speaking out is not enough. Time to stand up for America. Or just slap on your swastika be be honest about it.