There’s been a great deal of anticipatory anxiety over what might happen in Minnesota as the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin — who knelt on the neck of an intoxicated George Floyd in the process of restraining him and has been charged with his murder — comes to a close, sparking the judge in the trial to call recent behavior of sitting congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) “abhorrent” Monday during closing arguments.
Waters, who traveled to Minnesota over the weekend, told protestors in a city that has seen rioting and violence for almost a year that they should “stay in the street” if Chauvin is not found guilty.
“We’ve got to stay on the street, and we’ve got to get more active. We’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business,” Waters told protestors at a demonstration there.
Defense attorneys for Chauvin asked for a mistrial Monday arguing that Waters’ behavior may have prejudiced the jury. The judge denied that request but offered a sharp rebuke to Waters in pointed language.
Chauvin trial judge denies the defense's request for a mistrial, BUT he did SLAM Maxine Waters for her threatening comments in Minnesota this weekend to jurors, calling them "abhorrent" and "disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch and our function." pic.twitter.com/rAoa1QvcqZ
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 19, 2021
Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill criticized Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) for her comments over the weekend regarding the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who’s charged with the murder of George Floyd.
“I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case, especially in a manner that is disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch and our function,” Cahill said after the jury had been sequestered to begin deliberations on Monday.
“If they want to give their opinions they should do so … in a manner that is consistent with their oath to the Constitution,” Cahill continued.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters Waters did not need to apologize for her trip or her statements while in Minnesota, but GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy announced in an exclusive to Breitbart Monday that he will formally move to censure the House Financial Services Committee chairwoman.
Pelosi cannot stop McCarthy’s resolution censuring Waters from receiving a vote, because it is a privileged resolution. If Democrats lose just three of their members on this vote and all Republicans vote for it, then Waters will be formally censured by the House and likely lose her powerful position as chair of the Financial Services Committee.
If Waters is successfully censured by the House, it would also invoke a powerful but little-known rule in the House Democrat Caucus rules called Rule 25, which would formally strip her of her ability to serve as chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee.
McCarthy’s statement, provided exclusively to Breitbart News ahead of its public release, makes clear that it is his belief that Waters “broke the law by violating curfew” before she “incited violence” with commentary she made to reporters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, this weekend.
As calls for justice for George Floyd are once again swelling in Minnesota as the public awaits word of a verdict, there are now calls for accountability in Washington, DC, by those who believe Waters attempted to incite violence in a city already besieged by it.