Pelosi rejects GOP threat to censure Rep. Maxine Waters for 'inciting violence'

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Cahill went on to call Waters's comments "abhorrent", but not prejudicial to the jury.

"I'll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned", Judge Peter Cahill told defense attorney Eric Nelson on Monday. The congresswoman denied in a subsequent interview that she was encouraging violence, but the remarks come at a time of enormous national tension amid several high-profile killings of Black people at the hands of police officers and as American cities brace for a fresh wave of protests as the Chauvin trial nears a close. "If nothing does not happen, then we know that we got to not only stay in the street, but we have got to fight for justice", she added.

"Some of this, I think, to be candid, is about Maxine Waters, but at the end of the day, one famous person making a comment that's incompatible with the trial just doesn't throw the verdict", said Williamsn.

"I'm aware that Congresswoman Waters was talking specifically about this trial, and about the unacceptability of anything less than a murder conviction, and talk about being confrontational", Cahill said. "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", the judge said.

At the time, Waters maintained she did not intend to incite violence by her comments and said Trump and others were deliberately mischaracterizing her words.

A spokesperson for Waters did not return Fox News' request for comment.

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Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader in the US House of Representatives, tweeted that Ms Waters had "incited violence".

Waters, 82, joined protesters in Brooklyn Center - a suburb of Minneapolis - on Saturday for the seventh night of demonstrations following the death of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who died earlier this month when a white Minnesota police officer fatally shot him. "Rep Waters is a danger to our society". "And you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere", Waters said. Neither were seriously injured.

"It is hard to imagine anything more inappropriate than a member of Congress flying in from California to inform local leaders not so subtly that this defendant better be found guilty or else there will be big trouble in the streets", McConnell said.

In February, Greene was stripped of her committee from assignments on the education and budget committees because of violent and incendiary comments she's made, including her endorsement of the assassination of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

"Maxine talked about confrontation in the manner of the civil rights movement", Mrs Pelosi said. I myself think we should take our lead from the George Floyd family. "They've handled this with great dignity, and no ambiguity".

"If you call it a riot", the Los Angeles Times quoted her as saying, "it sounds like it was just a bunch of insane people who went out and did bad things for no reason".

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