"I sat in a closed session briefing probably two months ago about Charlottesville with the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, amongst others, and asked if Russian inter-meddling had to do with fomenting the flames of what happened in Charlottesville".
On Friday Garrett released a statement reminding people to "focus not on the droplets that divide us, but the oceans that unite us. And I'm calling b.s. on that".
Jason Kessler, who abandoned his bid to stage a similar anniversary event in Charlottesville, said in his permit application that he expects 100 to 400 people to participate in his event Sunday afternoon in Lafayette Park, in front of the White House.
They won't be alone.
Violent fighting broke out between attendees and counterprotesters that day. "13 days or 12 days so you got to give him a little time", said Charlottesville attorney Jeffrey Fogel. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonProtesters march at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 11, 2018.
But the far-right demonstrators won't be alone.
The mother of Heather Heyer, the woman killed past year when a white nationalist rammed his vehicle into counter-protesters in Charlottesville, is now warning people not to "respond to the violence" of the Unite the Right 2 rally.
Washington police chief Peter Newsham said firearms will be prohibited at the rallies, even for gun owners with legal licenses.
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On August 12, fighting broke out between neo-Nazi supporters and anti-fascists from a black-clad group called Antifa. This weekend is the anniversary of the deadly Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia .
Newsham said no guns will be allowed near the rally sites, even if someone has a legal carry permit.
"Our role is to make sure we have a First Amendment event that goes on without any types of violence or destruction of property", Newsham said at a Monday news conference, according to CNN affiliate WTOP.
"We've had those types of high-tension assemblies in the District before".
"If we ignore them, they think they have won because they have had the...playing field all to themselves". "Fortunately, very, very few share the views that will be expressed in Lafayette Park on Sunday".
When asked if she thought Mr. Trump could do more, Bro said she didn't know because she doesn't work on the presidential level.
Saturday morning UVA President James Ryan spoke at an event reflecting on the university's response to last year's violence. But, he added, "The state police is fully prepared to act on any inciteful violence".
"Peace to ALL Americans!" he tweeted.
The memorial service concluded with song and community members hugging Bro.
The emergency declaration mobilizes and funds resources from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia National Guard and others.