Trump visits grief-stricken Pittsburgh synagogue amid protests

Posted November 02, 2018

A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted Robert Bowers on a slew of hate crime charges in connection with the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue during services Saturday morning, which killed 11 people.

The indictment charges Bowers with killing 11 people, and for each of those victims, he faces separate counts of obstruction of free exercise of religion resulting in death, and using a firearm to commit murder during a crime of violence.

The Tree of Life Congregation's rabbi said on Thursday he was "pleasantly surprised" by US President Donald Trump's "personal side" when he visited the Pittsburgh synagogue Wednesday following a vicious shooting there over the weekend.

Bowers was arrested after he allegedly killed 11 worshipers at the Tree of Life Synagogue Saturday and charged with 29 federal felonies, including hate-crime murder.

The Anti-Defamation League, which has tracked hatred and violence against Jews since the 1970s, said the Pittsburgh mayhem was the worst attack against the Jewish community in US history.

Six people, including four police officers, were injured before the accused was shot by police and surrendered.

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Bowers, an avowed anti-Semite, appeared defiant in court. He responded "yes" that he understood the penalties of the charges, and his public defender, Michael J. Novara, entered a plea of not guilty, "as is typical", he said.

The court hearing comes the same day that crowds of mourners will lay more victims to rest and as their memorials continue to grow.

Bowers also faces prosecution at the state level.

Rivetti faced Bowers as he read the possible penalties, which included capital punishment.

People gather to protest the arrival of US President Donald Trump as he visits the Tree of Life synagogue on October 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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"We are Tree of Life and, as I said before to many, you can cut off some of the branches from our tree, but Tree of Life has been in Pittsburgh for 154 years".

Peduto, a Democrat, told reporters ahead of the announced visit that the White House ought to consult with the families of the victims about their preferences and asked that the president not come during a funeral.

The "No Antisemitism, No White Supremacy, No Trump" rally, organized by IfNotNow Pittsburgh, began at 3:00pm ET, just 45 minutes before the president's plane touched down in PA. He added: "For the record, I did not vote for him".

He was joined by First Lady Melania Trump, his daughter and son-in-law at the Tree of Life temple in Pittsburgh.

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