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A censure vote was brought against Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters on Tuesday for the words she said during a protest for George Floyd and Daunte Wright.
Democrats blocked the measure by a vote of 216 to 210.
On Tuesday, conservative government watchdog Judicial Watch has filed a complaint with the House Office of Congressional Ethics against Waters.
“Ms. Waters took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, which includes the rights accorded to Officer Chauvin to a fair and impartial trial by a jury of his peers and to due process. Ms. Waters’ inflammatory comments that pressure the jury, while encouraging rioters already engaged in rampant destruction of property and attacks on police officers, to ‘get more confrontational’ are irresponsible and dangerous incitement by a Member of Congress,” Judicial Watch released in a statement.
“House Rule 23, Clause 1, of the Code of Official Conduct of the Rules of the House of Representatives states: ‘A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House shall conduct himself at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House,'” the group added.
“Ms. Waters’ conduct surely does not reflect creditably on the House. By encouraging violence in response to a ‘guilty’ jury verdict, she seeks to undermine the Constitution’s guarantees and protections and fosters the breakdown of civil society. Such dangerous and reckless rhetoric demands investigation,” the statement continues.
“Rep. Maxine Waters not only incited violence, but she is also attempting to subvert the legal system by intimidating the jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.
BREAKING: Judicial Watch filed a complaint with the chairman of the House Office of Congressional Ethics against Rep. Maxine Waters for violating House ethics rules by encouraging violence and attempting to intimidate the jury in the trial of Chauvin (1/3).https://t.co/BZdBLzGu1p
— Judicial Watch ⚖️ (@JudicialWatch) April 20, 2021
The jurors in the murder case against Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd reached a verdict on Monday night.
Chauvin, who was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter, has been found guilty on all charges.
Waters caused controversy when she called for protesters to be “more confrontational” if Chauvin was not found guilty of murder.
After the prosecution and defense gave their closing arguments in the case on the death of Floyd, the judge in the case said that Waters’ comments made last weekend could be cause for an appeal.
Judge Peter A. Cahill absolutely scorched Waters in his response, in which he declined to declare a mistrial in the case.
“I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned,” the judge said.
His comments came on Monday, after the comments by Waters were heard at a protest for Floyd and for Daunte Wright, who was also killed in a confrontation with police.
“I hope that we’re going to get a verdict that says guilty guilty guilty,” she “And if we don’t, we cannot go away.”
When reporters asked what people should do if there was not a guilty verdict she said, “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.”