Rep. Maxine Waters’ (D-CA) recent comments encouraging people to “push back” on President Donald Trump’s cabinet members seems to be in violation of House rule, government watchdog Judicial Watch said in a June 25 statement announcing its request for an ethics investigation.
“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 rule,” Judicial Watch said.
“Rep. Maxine Waters incited violence and assault against members of President Trump’s Cabinet,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “It is urgent that the House ethics quickly act to hold her accountable for this dangerous incitement,” Fitton said. A formal request for an ethics investigation into Waters’ behavior has been submitted, the statement says:
“Judicial Watch on Monday 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.”
In a June 25 letter to the Office of Congressional Ethics co-chairman, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton writes:
Rep. Waters seems to be in 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.