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Speaking In Boston, Sessions Calls Synagogue Shooting 'An Attack On All People Of Faith'

BOSTON (CBS/AP) -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in Boston Monday that a massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue was not just an attack on the Jewish faith, but "an attack on all people of faith."

Sessions called Saturday's shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue "an attack on America's values of protecting those of faith." He says it "cannot and will not be tolerated."

Sessions' remarks came Monday during a discussion on the future of religious liberty hosted by the Boston chapter of the Federalist Society at the Omni Parker House.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Boston in October 2018 (WBZ-TV)

On Sunday, U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said he has begun the process to get Sessions' approval as required by law to pursue a capital case against Robert Bowers, who authorities say carried out what is believed to be the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.

Sessions says people must be protected in houses of worship. He says the Justice Department will pursue the case with "vigor and integrity."

As Sessions began his remarks, two protesters claiming to be pastors interrupted him.

"Father Jeff, as a fellow United Methodist, I call upon you to repent," one said.

Both were escorted out by police.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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