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Rep. Boebert Files Ethics Complaint Against Rep. Waters for her Incitement of Violent Riots and Interference in Court Proceedings

April 20, 2021

Washington, D.C. –Today, Representative Lauren Boebert (CO-03) filed a complaint with the House Committee on Ethics against Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-43) for her incitement of the violent riots in Brooklyn Center that led to a drive-by shooting at members of the National Guard, her unethical use of her office to unconstitutionally pressure an independent judiciary, and her pattern of similar behavior that is unbecoming of a Member of Congress and discredits the House of Representatives.

Representative Boebert stated: “Only a Democrat like Rep. Maxine Waters would have the gall to request a police protective detail to accompany her to a riot against police. Speaker Pelosi refused to reprimand Rep. Waters’ despicable actions. As usual, the left’s hypocrisy is on full display, so I stepped up and filed an ethics complaint to hold Rep. Waters accountable for her reckless actions that culminated in the drive-by shooting at members of the National Guard.”

Read the full text of the letter HERE and below:

Dear Chairman Deutch and Ranking Member Walorski:

I write to request that the House Committee on Ethics open an investigation into Representative Maxine Waters (CA-43) for her incitement of the violent riots in Brooklyn Center, her unethical use of her office to unconstitutionally pressure an independent judiciary, and her pattern of similar behavior that is unbecoming of a Member of Congress and discredits the House of Representatives.

 
Representative Waters traveled outside of her District to incite violence in Minneapolis—violence that shamefully led to two members of the National Guard being injured in a drive-by shooting. In an interview on MSNBC following the riots, she said that her goal was to “give support” to rioters saying, “Not only do I love them, and I support them, but they can count on me to be with them” during their violent actions and violations of lawful curfew orders.

Rep. Waters’ pattern of unethical behavior includes:

  1. On April 18, 2021, Rep. Waters used her office to threaten an independent judiciary and incite violence. A protestor asked her, “Congresswoman, what happens if we do not get what you just told? What should the people do? What should protestors do?” Instead of trying to calm the situation, she encouraged rioters to “stay in the streets” and “get more confrontational” if a guilty verdict is not delivered. Her words incited violence, and just hours later, two members of the National Guard were injured in a drive-by shooting.

  1. On April 18, 2021, Rep Waters encouraged rioters to violate lawful orders by police officers by encouraging rioters to stay out past curfew, stating. “I don’t think anything about curfew… I don’t know what curfew means…I don’t agree with that.” It must be investigated if Rep. Waters violated curfew herself, or if she only broke the law by inciting other criminal curfew violations.

  1. On April 18, 2021, Rep. Waters unconstitutionally used her office to pressure an independent trial court to find Derek Chauvin guilty of murder by stating, “We’re going to get a verdict that say ‘Guilty guilty guilty,’ and if we don’t, we cannot go away…oh no, not manslaughter, no no no, this is guilty—for murder.”

  1. These are not isolated incidents. Rep. Waters has a pattern of inciting violence and disrespecting the House rules. In 2018 she incited violence and persecution against Trump Administration officials, stating: “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And 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 they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

Representative Waters’ egregious and repeated actions violate clauses 1 and 2 of House Rule XXIII (“Code of Official Conduct”). Her behavior does not “reflect creditably on the House,” nor does it follow “the spirit and the letter of the Rules of the House.” Remarks inciting violence, bullying an independent judiciary, and encouraging rioters to break local laws discredit the House and are a stain on this body.  

After the House Committee on Ethics concludes its investigation of this matter, I urge the Committee to take all disciplinary action that it deems appropriate.

Read the full text of the letter HERE.