Judicial Watch files ethics complaint against Maxine Waters over ‘confrontational’ remarks

Earlier this month, liberal Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) courted controversy by traveling to Minnesota to protest the police-involved death of Daunte Wright and making incendiary statements about the trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd.

Those actions may be coming back to haunt the lawmaker, however, as conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has just filed a formal complaint with the chair of the House Office of Congressional Ethics against Rep. Waters for encouraging violence and attempting to intimidate a deliberating jury.

The complaint alleges that Waters violated House ethics rules during a visit to Brooklyn Center, Minnesota in which she told those protesting the death of Wright that if Chauvin was not found guilty of murder in the Floyd case, “Well, 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.”

In requesting action on the part of the Office of Congressional Ethics, Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch wrote, “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,” adding:

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.

Fitton cited House Rule 23, Clause 1, of the Code of Official Conduct of the Rules of the House of Representative, which requires members to “conduct himself at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House,” arguing that Waters’ actions failed to meet that standard. He also pointed out that Waters has engaged in a pattern of similar conduct, telling protestors back in 2018 to “push back,” “create a crowd,” and confront anyone from former President Donald Trump’s Cabinet they may encounter in a public place.

Judicial Watch is not alone in its condemnation of Waters’ remarks to the demonstrators in Minnesota, as Judge Peter Cahill, then presiding over the Chauvin trial, took the opportunity to publicly rebuke the congresswoman for her “abhorrent” comments, telling one of the former police officer’s defense attorneys, “I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned, “ as NBC News noted.

Republican lawmakers were also quick to assail the recklessness of Waters’ conduct, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) saying at the time, “It’s harder to imagine anything more inappropriate than a member of Congress flying in from California to inform local leaders, not so subtly, that this defendant had better be found guilty or else there will be big trouble in the streets.”

Not surprisingly, however, Democrats closed ranks around Waters and succeeded in blocking a censure resolution introduced in the House by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) declared that her colleague had nothing for which to apologize.

While it appears likely that Waters will walk away from this shameful episode with – at most – a slap on the wrist from the ethics office, it is important that groups such as Judicial Watch continue the fight to obtain at least some measure of accountability for conduct so grossly unbecoming an elected official.

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94 Responses

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  2. maybe they can get a fence built around her like one of those public blight zones that the cities make junk yard owners put up around toxic areas

  3. So far I’ve heard talks about how wrong the democrats are but I’ve yet to see a concerted effort to bring any of them up on charges. We have Waters making domestic terrorist threats with Pelosi making sure she receives no punishment whatsoever for her actions. They need, (all of them) to be brought up on charges of inciting riots, malicious persecution, depraved indifference, aiding and abetting ,and treason.

  4. Maybe we can get that Lab in Wuhan to tweak the covid virus so it only infects idiot Left Wingers.

  5. I think it is ironic that she is a representive in the United States and I don’t believe that she has ever defended the constitution of the United States and our bill of rights one time in her whole time as a representive.

    1. William T Fitzgerel ,
      The DNC keeps a few like her , Nancy and AOC around to serve as distractions so that we do not notice what the Democrats are quietly up to in the background. Such as quietly getting the banking laws changed so that firearms manufacturers can not get banking services. With no banking services those manufacturers can not conduct business. Gun control ? How about absolute gun control by eliminating guns entirely ? As usual , the criminals will still have guns ( stolen from the government ) but no firearms will be manufactured for sale to citizens. So , if you have any , you had better keep them safe .

  6. She should be run out of office. she is by far the biggest racist official to ever be elected to office. she should be put on broom and sent to WITCH HELL!!

  7. Thank you Judicial Watch! You are the BEST! I have been waiting for someone to step forward and do this. This is not the first time Maxime has incited a riot.

  8. I have read comments that are reported as coming from two of the jurors in the Floyd case. Both claimed that they feared for their own as well as their families lives if the police officer was not found guilty. They made reference to the comments by Maxine Waters which is why they felt pressured to find Officer Chauvin guilty of murder. Maybe they were smart enough to have realized that had Floyd’s airway been obstructed by the Officers knee, causing his death, then we could not have heard the recording of Floyd saying ‘I can’t breathe’. If one cannot breathe then one cannot speak since air from the lungs is required to make sound.

    1. Put you hand on the side of your neck and push. You can’t push hard enough that you cannot breathe. I tried it and no matter how hard I pushed, I could still breathe normally. The officer did not kill George Floyd. He died of a drug overdose, probably..

  9. No that is too strong
    But dismissed that will killed her pride and shut up all her supporters

      1. That would not be slow. It would cause her head to rip off. Which may be justified and end her existence as an undead.

  10. And yet after the many riot inciting comments by Waters, Democrats in their righteous indignation at the temerity of GOP supporters in wanting Waters to be held accountable, they forget how outraged they were on the 6th of January, and insisted on tearing up the Constitution to impeach former president Trump for making far less inflammatory remarks at his rally in Washington DC. The question now becomes: How can it be so wrong for one, and no problem for another? The hypocrisy is absolutely breathtaking.

      1. You cannot impeach a Congress person you can have an ethics committee deal with her and they can find she is unfit for office. It is not the same as Impeachment at all period. People here really show their ignorance on how this nations laws are made and how things work to keep things in check and balance. It shows how our education system has grossly failed in the past 30 years. There are several who need removed due to ethical violations of their oath of office. Only a president can be impeached while he/she is in office not after the fact.

        1. I didn’t know. Thank you for enlightening us !! A lot of us didn’t have the educational opportunities
          you seem to have had. Keep your snarky comments to yourself.
          Barbara Hazel

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