Republican Rep. Tom Garrett said Saturday that he was told during a briefing with the Federal Bureau of Investigation director thatRussian meddling played in a role in "fomenting the flames of what happened in Charlottesville", Virginia, one year ago, when a white nationalist rally turned violent and resulted in the death of a counterprotester.
Groups from both sides of the conflict have planned public demonstrations in Washington, D.C., this weekend on the anniversary of the Charlottesville clashes.
"We join the commonwealth in declaring a state of emergency in advance of these planned events to ensure all available resources are in place and that we are fully prepared to keep the peace in Charlottesville August 10-12", he said.
Numerous most prominent white supremacist leaders from last year's rally have suffered setbacks in the past year, a result of forceful counter-protests, a series of lawsuits filed against different white supremacist leaders, movement feuds and infighting, and, in one case, prosecution for domestic violence.
Other businesses have taken similar approaches and have said they will deny services to attendees of the Unite the Right rally. The city attorney took a new job, the city manager's contract was not renewed, a spokeswoman quit and the police chief, 50 at the time, retired after less than two years on the job.
Several openly racist or white nationalist candidates are seeking elected office this year including avowed Nazi Arthur Jones of IL, who won his district's Republican party primary and is running for Congress.
Exactly one year after the original rally, "Unite the Right 2"-titled like a bad Hollywood sequel-will be held in a park near the White House".
"The surge will be wild", another person on the message board says. Richard Spencer, a leading white-nationalist leader who helped Kessler organize last year's event, has said he will not participate in Sunday's rally.
The clashes turned deadly when a auto ploughed into a group of counter demonstrators, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
Officials in Charlottesville have vowed a massive police presence - with some 1,000 personnel assigned - to deter any violence.
"D.C. police deal with protests every week and more or less have unlimited resources".
A months-long investigation by former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy into what happened during the deadly "Unite the Right" rally found that law enforcement failed on multiple fronts, including one that may have led directly to the death of Heather Heyer. A black man named DeAndre Harris was also brutally beaten by white supremacists in a parking garage.
"There is no intention to accommodate one side or the other", Newsham said. "If you're going to be in town on Saturday, August 11th please stay with trusted friends and don't talk to strangers about your participation in the rally", the website says.
The images of people carrying torches and shouting racist slogans as they marched shocked the city, the country and the world.