Judicial Watch filed a complaint on April 19 with the chairman of the House Office of Congressional Ethics against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) for inciting abuse and trying to threaten the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial.
According to Judicial Watch, Waters’ comments appeared to be in breach of House ethics codes, which mandated members to conduct themselves “at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.”
“Rep. Maxine Waters not only incited violence, she is also attempting to subvert the legal system by intimidating the jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. He saw Maxine Waters as a repeat offender who needed to be held accountable by the House Ethics Commit as soon as possible.
Fitton suggested that Water’s “dangerous and reckless” rhetoric demands investigation. “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.”
He referred to Waters’s behavior as “a pattern of conduct.” In 2018, Waters exhorted protesters to form “crowds” to “push back” on President Trump’s cabinet members, saying, “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them! And you tell them that they are not welcome, anymore, anywhere,” he added.
Waters made the comments in question while visiting Brooklyn Center—a city that is on edge following the police killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright earlier this month and is located only a few miles from the scene of George Floyd’s death last year.
When asked by reporters in Brooklyn Center about the potential outcome of Chauvin’s trial, Waters said that activists have “got to stay on the street, and we’ve got to get more active” if he was found not guilty.
“We’ve got to get more confrontational,” Waters said according to Fox News. “We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”
Waters would be “trying to create a Civil War,” wrote the New York Post Editorial Board, suggesting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “should strip her of her committee assignments and move for a vote to remove Waters from office.”
The first political figure to take action against Waters’ controversial incitement was Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga), who will introduce a resolution to expel Waters from the House of Representatives after accusing her of abuse of power.
“Very soon, I’ll be introducing a resolution to expel Rep. Maxine Waters from Congress for her continual incitement of violence on innocent American people. Rep Waters is a danger to our society,” Greene wrote.
She added, “After traveling across state lines to incite riots, her orders recorded on video last night at the Brooklyn Center, directly led to more violence and a drive-by shooting on National Guardsmen in Minnesota early this morning.”
According to lawyer Alan Dershowitz, representative Maxine Waters used Ku Klux Klan techniques to “intimidate the jury” in the Derek Chauvin court trial.
“First of all, the judge should have granted the motion for a mistrial based on the efforts of Congresswoman Waters to influence the jury,” Dershowitz said during an interview with Newsmax.
Dershowitz said Waters’ comments were “an attempt to intimidate the jury” so that it found Chauvin guilty. “It’s borrowed precisely from the Ku Klux Klan of the 1930s and 1920s when the Klan would march outside of courthouses and threatened all kinds of reprisals if the jury ever dared convict a white person or acquit a black person,” he said.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was also accusing Maxine Waters of “inciting violence” with comments in a Minneapolis suburb over the weekend and pressuring Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calf.) to act on them.
Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past. If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) April 19, 2021