Joe Biden announced that he called George Floyd’s family, and that he relayed the details of that call to the press on Tuesday, saying that he hopes the jury returns “the right verdict.”
“The evidence is compelling in my view,” Biden said during brief remarks in the Oval Office.
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Biden said, “I can only imagine the strain and anxiety they’re under.” “So I waited until the jury had been sequestered before calling. And I had no intention of doing anything about it.”
“It was a private talk because Joe knows what it’s like to go through loss,” Biden said, as reported on television.
Biden said, “And um, they’re a nice family.” “And no matter what the decision is, they’re asking for harmony and tranquility.”
“I’m hoping that the decision is right, because I believe it is overwhelming in my opinion. He said, “I wouldn’t say that unless the jury was sequestered right now, not hearing me say that.”
They “talked about personal matters,” according to Biden.
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Joe Biden comments on the Derek Chauvin trial: "I'm praying the verdict is the right verdict, which I think is overwhelming in my view." pic.twitter.com/sr6CSIMlko
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Many who support the American judicial system and due process were outraged by the president’s intervention in the case.
Matt Walsh of The Daily Wire followed up with a related tweet.
“The judge requested that elected officials refrain from interfering with the jury’s decision. The mayor of Minneapolis and the president of the United States also publicly demanded guilty verdicts in response. These criminals have little regard for the rule of law. To them, it’s a joke,” Walsh wrote.
The judge requested that elected officials refrain from interfering with the jury’s decision. The mayor of Minneapolis and the president of the United States also publicly demanded guilty verdicts in response.
These criminals have little regard for the rule of law. To them, it’s a joke.
April 20, 2021 — Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog)
Politicians, often on the Democratic side of the aisle, have seized the Floyd case as a platform to demand more police reform.
Rep. Maxine Waters of California, who sparked outrage when she said that if Chauvin was not found guilty of murder, demonstrators should be “more confrontational.”
Following the prosecution and defense closing arguments in the case of Floyd’s death, the judge said that Waters’ words could be grounds for an appeal if Chauvin were found guilty.
“An elected official, a United States congressperson, was making threats against the sanctity of the jury process,” Chauvin’s counsel, Eric J. Nelson, explained.
Waters was severely chastised by Judge Peter A. Cahill in his response, in which he refused to declare a mistrial in the case.
“I’ll grant you that Congresswoman Waters may have said something on appeal that may lead to this whole trial being overturned,” the judge said.