Some House Democrats Are Furious with Maxine Waters, May Vote to Censure Her

As House Republicans demand Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California be censured for comments that drew a rebuke from the judge overseeing the Derek Chauvin trial, Fox News reported some Democrats might join in.

During a Saturday appearance in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center to show support for protesters, Waters referenced the trial of Chauvin, who is facing murder and manslaughter charges in connection with the death of George Floyd last year while in the custody of Minneapolis police.

“We’re looking for a guilty verdict,” Waters said. “And if we don’t, we cannot go away … we’ve got to get more confrontational.”

Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill rejected a defense motion to declare a mistrial due to the comments, according to KSTP-TV, but vented his exasperation in court on Monday.

“This goes back to what I’ve been saying from the beginning. 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,” he said, noting the comment could be fodder for a defense appeal to throw out whatever verdict is rendered in the case.