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More Clashes Coming? Trump Admin Seeks Crackdown on Racists after 'Domestic Terrorism'

More Clashes Coming? Trump Admin Seeks Crackdown on Racists after 'Domestic Terrorism' Read Transcript

Here at home, the man who drove a car into the crowd

in Charlottesville Saturday could

be facing federal charges.

John Jessup has that story from our CBN News

bureau in Washington.


That's right, Terry.

Others could soon be facing federal charges, too.

As national security correspondent Erik Rosales

reports, the US attorney general's office

is investigating the case, as President Trump

made a strong statement against white supremacist groups.

ERIK ROSALES: Some 48 hours after a man plowed his car

into a crowd of counter-protesters

at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia,

President Trump called out the hate groups

from the White House.

Those who cause violence in its name are criminals

and thugs, including the KKK, neo-nazis, white supremacists,

and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold

dear as Americans.

ERIK ROSALES: The President's statements came after criticism

from both sides of the aisle for not being

strong enough Saturday in his first response to the violence.

But after meeting with the Attorney General and FBI

Director Monday, the President Is promising justice.

A civil rights investigation is underway,

and could bring federal charges against 20-year-old James Alex

Fields, Jr., who police say was behind the wheel of that Dodge


US Attorney General Jeff Sessions calls the attack evil,

and adds, it meets the definition

of domestic terrorism.

We are pursuing it within the Department of Justice

in every way that we can make it, make a case.

You can be sure we will charge and advance the investigation

toward the most serious charges that can be brought,

because this is an unequivocally unacceptable and evil attack.

ERIK ROSALES: Those who have known Fields

say they are not surprised.

He was vocal about his ideas.

He proclaimed himself as a Nazi and as a white supremacist.

It wasn't a secret.

Heather's my child, who was taken from me.

ERIK ROSALES: Susan Bro, the mother of 32-year-old Heather

Heyer, killed in the attack, says

she is going to make her daughter's death worth


I am extremely proud of my daughter.

I'm extremely proud that she stood for what she believed in,

that she not only gave mouth to it, but she gave heart to it.

She gave soul to it.

And now she has given her life to it.

ERIK ROSALES: On the street where the attack took place,

people brought flowers and wrote messages of hope.

Meanwhile, the suspect awaits his next court date,

August 25th.

Erik Rosales, CBN News, Washington.

Thanks, Erik.


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