President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday watched at the White House as the verdict was read in the trial of Derek Chauvin, who was convicted on two charges of murder and one charge of manslaughter. Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris will give remarks later in the evening.
The guilty verdict came hours after Mr. Biden took the unusual step of weighing in on the trial’s outcome before the jury had come back with a decision. He told reporters earlier Tuesday that he had been “praying” for the “right verdict” in the trial but pointed out that he had only decided to comment because the jury had already been sequestered.
Mr. Biden, who watched the verdict from the television in his private dining room just off the Oval Office, has made several calls since the news broke: One was to Gov. Tim Walz of Minnesota and the other was to Philonese Floyd, George Floyd’s brother.
“I’m so thankful to the entire family, your courage, your commitment, your strength has been — this is a day of justice in America.,” Mr. Biden told Philonese Floyd.
The president had last spoken to Philonese on Monday night. He told reporters on Tuesday that he was “praying that the verdict is the right verdict.”
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