Sessions: Dept. of Justice will protect campus free speech

Sessions speaks at Georgetown University Law Center as protestors gather outside. Photos: Jacquelyn Martin / AP (left); Zoya Afridi / GU Law student (right)

Speaking at Georgetown University on free speech on college campuses, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department "will enforce federal law, defend free speech and protect students' free expression." He said the department is filing a Statement of Interest in a campus free speech case this week and pledged to file more in the future.

Why it matters: Sessions and the Justice Department are moving forward on free speech in the midst of a tense political climate fueled by the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and, most recently, the NFL's national anthem protest controversy which President Trump has inflamed.