President Biden breaks his silence, prays for “right verdict” in trial of Chauvin, ex-cop charged with murdering Floyd

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden. Jr. broke his silence on Tuesday, telling reporters at the White House he is praying for the “right verdict” in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd last year.

The President said he waited for the jury to be sequestered to make his first public comments in the murder trial, and suggested that the evidence was overwhelming. 

“I’ve come to know George’s family,” the president said. “They’re a good family. And they’re calling for peace and tranquility.” 

President Biden added: “I waited until the jury was sequestered and I called.” 

He also spoke of the “pressure and anxiety” the Floyd’s family is going through. 

The prosecution and the defense rested their cases last Friday and made their closing arguments on Monday. Chauvin’s fate is now in the hands of 12 men and women. A verdict can come anytime.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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