House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) wants President Joe Biden’s Justice Department to review the verdict in the case of Kyle Rittenhouse, an 18-year-old who was acquitted of murder earlier this month after being charged for shooting three men, two fatally, amid unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer.
Nadler argued that the “heartbreaking” verdict “sets a dangerous precedent” that “justifies federal review,” and called the outcome of the case a “miscarriage of justice,” according to the U.K.’s Independent.
“Justice cannot tolerate armed persons crossing state lines looking for trouble while people engage in First Amendment-protected protest,” the congressman said in a tweet, the Independent reported.
This heartbreaking verdict is a miscarriage of justice and sets a dangerous precedent which justifies federal review by DOJ. Justice cannot tolerate armed persons crossing state lines looking for trouble while people engage in First Amendment-protected protest. https://t.co/Uh95Uc1Ddo
— Rep. Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) November 19, 2021
“Possible federal charges”
Soon after, author and activist Andrew Pollack reported that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would indeed be looking into the case.
“Joe Biden’s DOJ will review Kyle Rittenhouse’s case for possible federal charges,” Pollack, whose daughter was killed in a February 2019 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, wrote in a tweet. “Meanwhile, the rioters who DESTROYED Kenosha still face no charges.”
Joe Biden’s DOJ will review Kyle Rittenhouse’s case for possible federal charges.
Meanwhile, the rioters who DESTROYED Kenosha still face no charges.
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) November 27, 2021
“The jury has spoken”
While Democrats have blasted the verdict, President Biden, for his part, has been hesitant to outwardly buck the jury’s decision. According to Newsmax, he urged Americans who are upset with the outcome of the case ”to express their views peacefully.”
The president said in a statement that he understands the verdict will “leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, [but] we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken.”
He also said he remains “steadfast in my commitment to do everything in my power to ensure that every American is treated equally, with fairness and dignity, under the law.”
“I stand by what the jury has concluded,” Biden later told reporters, according to the Independent.
“The jury system works,” he added, “and we have to abide by it.”