US President Joe Biden has said he is praying for the “right verdict” in the case of the Minnesota police officer charged with killing George Floyd, even after the judge urged public officials to stop talking about the case.
Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Biden said he had phoned Floyd’s family the day before, waiting until the jury was sequestered to begin deliberations in the case.
“They’re a good family and they’re calling for peace and tranquility no matter what that verdict is,” Biden said. “I’m praying the verdict is the right verdict. It’s overwhelming, in my view. I wouldn’t say that unless the jury was sequestered now.”
Joe Biden on the Chauvin trial: “I’m praying the verdict is the right verdict, which I think is overwhelming in my view.”pic.twitter.com/aJDQlZGHO4
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) April 20, 2021
Biden said he only brought it up because Floyd’s brother Philonise appeared on NBC’s ‘Today Show’ earlier in the day and mentioned the call. According to Philonise Floyd, Biden “knows how it is to lose a family member … so he was just letting us know that he was praying for us and hoping that everything would come out to be OK.” Biden’s wife and infant daughter were killed in a car crash in 1972, and his son Beau died of cancer in 2015.
George Floyd died on May 25 last year, while being arrested by Chauvin for allegedly passing a counterfeit bill. Prosecutors insist Chauvin kneeling on Floyd is what caused his death, while his defense has argued the African-American man had a fatal dose of fentanyl in his system.
Biden’s remarks alarmed even his sympathizers in the corporate media. “How about waiting until after the verdict?” tweeted the Washington Post’s chief fact-checker Glenn Kessler. “Public figures should let a jury do their job before commenting.”
The jury heard all of the evidence. Biden is a bit busy these days so it’s hard to imagine he had been able to see and hear all that they did. Public figures should let a jury do their job before commenting.
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) April 20, 2021
The president’s desire for the “right verdict” also comes after the judge in the trial clearly warned public officials not to comment on it.
“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,” Judge Peter Cahill said on Monday. “I think if they want to give their opinions, they should do so in a respectful [way] and in a manner that is consistent with their oath to the Constitution to respect a coequal branch of government. Their failure to do so, I think, is abhorrent.”
Cahill said this after denying the defense’s motion for a mistrial on grounds of remarks by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-California), who traveled to Minneapolis and told rioters to “get more confrontational” if Chauvin isn’t found guilty of murder. (RT)
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