Judicial Watch files House ethics complaint against Maxine Waters for inciting violence

On Monday, Judicial Watch said it sent a hand-delivered letter to the chairman and co-chairman of the House Office of Congressional Ethics calling for an investigation into whether Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) violated House ethics rules by encouraging violence against Trump administration Cabinet members.

“If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them! And you tell them that they are not welcome, anymore, anywhere,” Waters said Saturday as we and others reported.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said:

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In encouraging individuals to create “crowds” who will “push back” on President Trump’s Cabinet members at private business establishments and in seemingly trying to prevent these Cabinet officials from obtaining basic necessities without fear of assault and violence, Rep. Waters seems to be violation of House rules, specifically:

A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House shall conduct himself at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House. [House Rule 23, clause 1.]

We hereby request that the Office of Congressional Ethics conduct a preliminary investigation into whether Rep. Maxine Waters violated House Rules in encouraging attacks on Cabinet officials.

“Rep. Maxine Waters incited violence and assault against members of President Trump’s Cabinet,” Fitton added. “It is urgent that the House ethics quickly act to hold her accountable for this dangerous incitement.”

The pro-Trump duo Diamond and Silk — and several others on Twitter — have said Waters should be deemed a domestic terrorist and a White House petition demands the California Democrat be expelled from the House.  Some have also said Waters violated federal law and could face up to five years in prison.

Waters — a rabidly anti-Trump Democrat with a long history of violent rhetoric — has been listed as one of the most corrupt members of the House no less than four times since being elected in 1990.

The letter from Judicial Watch can be seen here.

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