By encouraging the public to “push back” against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies to menacing members of his Cabinet at private business establishments, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) appears to be violating rules of the House of Representatives, according to Judicial Watch. Judicial Watch sent a hand-delivered letter on Monday to the chairman and co-chairman of the House Office of Congressional Ethics calling for an investigation into whether Waters violated House ethics rules by encouraging violence against Trump administration Cabinet members.

On Saturday, Waters told a rally: “If you think we’re rallying now, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Already, you have members of your Cabinet that are being booed out of restaurants who have protesters taking up at their house, who say, ‘No peace, no sleep. No peace, no sleep.’ God is on OUR side! On the side of the children. On the side of what’s right. On the side of what’s honorable. And so, let’s stay the course. 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.”

For his part, President Trump warned Waters on Twitter. Characterizing her as an "extraordinarily low IQ person," Trump said that Waters and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have become the "face of the Democratic party." He wrote: "She has just called for harm to supporter, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!"

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton wrote in the letter that 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.” Fitton was quoted as saying that Waters “incited violence and assault against members of President Trump’s Cabinet.” He went on to say, “It is urgent that the House ethics quickly act to hold her accountable for this dangerous incitement.”

Also, according to federal statute, it is unlawful to incite a riot of ten or more people. United States Code regarding riots says the following: “(a) Whoever travels in interstate or foreign commerce or uses any facility of interstate or foreign commerce, including, but not limited to, the mail, telegraph, telephone, radio, or television, with intent— (1) to incite a riot; or (2) to organize, promote, encourage, participate in, or carry on a riot; or (3) to commit any act of violence in furtherance of a riot; or (4) to aid or abet any person in inciting or participating in or carrying on a riot or committing any act of violence in furtherance of a riot; and who either during the course of any such travel or use or thereafter performs or attempts to perform any other overt act for any purpose specified in subparagraph (A), (B), (C), or (D) of this paragraph— [1] Shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”

Congressional Democrats have yet to denounce Waters for her call to violence. However, David Axelrod -- who was a political adviser to Barack Obama -- is warning leftist Democrats against taking actions such as the rousting of White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and her family from a Virginia restaurant by the LGBTQ owner. He wrote “This, in the end, is a triumph for Donald Trump’s vision of America. No we’re divided by red plates and blue plates.”

On Monday, Rep. Waters did not back down from her call for resistance to the Trump administration. She said that protests against the Trump administration will continue "until they come up with a credible plan that they can give to the public so that people can say 'Okay, this president hears us now. He's going to back away from what he is doing now," with regard to the issue of separating illegal alien minors from illegal alien adults at the border. She continued to characterize Trump as a "liar."



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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