Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Saturday condemned the violence in Charlottesville, Va., and pledged support for local law enforcement officials, the Washington Examiner reported.
"We stand united behind the President in condemning the violence in Charlottesville and any message of hate and intolerance," Sessions said in a statement referring to Donald Trump’s message earlier in the day.
"This violence is totally contrary to American values and can never be tolerated."
One person was killed and at least 34 injured after white nationalists clashed with counter demonstrators in Charlottesville over the planned removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said on Twitter that at least one person died after a car plowed into a crowd in the city's downtown after the rally was canceled by Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Sessions said the Justice Department would support local law enforcement, "in any way possible."
Trump made a statement in New Jersey, where he is spending time during the traditional August recess in Washington.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides," Trump said.
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