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  • Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made his first public
    remarks about the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting Monday, saying
    that law enforcement must make sure that all Americans are
    protected from hate crimes.
  • A man killed 11 Jewish worshippers at the Tree of Life
    synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday and injured several others.
  • Rosenstein also announced that the US Justice Department
    created a new website containing information about how to report
    a hate crime.
  • Rosenstein, who is Jewish, also praised President Donald
    Trump for condemning anti-semitism in America.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein declared on Monday that it
is the duty of law-enforcement officers to ensure that “all
Americans” are protected from hate crimes.

Rosenstein made these remarks days after a gunman fatally shot

11 Jewish worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
.

“The tragic attack on the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue just
two days ago serves as a stark reminder of the need to protect
all Americans against hate crimes,” Rosenstein said Monday.

That shooting occurred after a week during which the nation was
gripped by a number of package bombs that were mailed to
Democratic leaders around the country.

The suspect in that case, Cesar Sayoc Jr., was
ordered held without bail
on Monday.

Rosenstein’s comments on Monday were the first time he spoke
publicly about the synagogue shooting. President Donald Trump
nominated Rosenstein, who is Jewish, to serve as deputy attorney
general in 2017.

Rosenstein has been at odds with Trump during his time in office
and reports have swirled that Rosenstein sarcastically suggested

wearing a wire
around Trump to capture unflattering moments
within his administration.

But both Rosenstein and Trump seem to be on better terms of late,
after the two traveled aboard Air Force One earlier this month.

Trump in recent days has caught some flak for his response to the
bomb scare and the synagogue shooting, and has frequently

blamed the news media for the political climate
in the US
that has seemingly prompted such acts of violence.

Rosenstein praised Trump on Monday for condemning anti-semitism
in the US.

“In mourning the victims today we also rededicate ourselves to
our commitment to preventing hate crimes,” said Rosenstein. “As
President Trump said in condemning the crime, there must be no
tolerance to anti-semitism in America.”

Rosenstein announced that the Justice Department created a

new website
containing information about how to report a hate
crime, Politico
reported
Monday.

Rosenstein said that there is a major discrepancy in the ways in
which government agencies report hate crimes to the FBI, citing
how 88% of the agencies that were tasked with reporting hate
crimes to the FBI in 2016 reported zero hate crimes that year.
The statistic suggests a lack of awareness about how to report
them, Rosenstein said.

All of this is happening as the November 6 midterm elections draw
closer and both Democrats and Republicans clamor over control of
Congress.

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