While the jury still deliberating, President Biden weighed in on his preference for the outcome of the contentious Derek Chauvin trial, telling reporters that after getting to know the family of George Floyd, he was "praying the verdict is the right verdict."
Biden left no ambiguity when it came to what he saw as the "right verdict," saying that he felt the evidence was "overwhelming, in my view." George Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, commented on the president's support for the family during an interview on NBC.
"[Biden called] to let us know he was praying for us and hoping everything would come out to be OK," Floyd said. "He knows how it is to lose a family member, and he knows the process of what we're going through."
Judge Peter Cahill had specifically asked high-profile politicians to not comment publicly about the trial, but Biden, Rep. Maxine Waters, and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey all did.
Defending Biden's remarks, White House press secretary Jen Psaki assured the president was not attempting to pressure the jury.
"The president has clearly been watching the trial very closely," she said at a recent briefing. "Regardless of the outcome the president has consistently called for peace. He certainly is not looking to influence [the verdict]."