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Psaki learns of Kyle Rittenhouse’s not-guilty verdict in the middle of White House press briefing

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Republicans demand that Joe Biden apologize to Kyle Rittenhouse following not guilty verdict – which Psaki learns learns about in the middle of the White House briefing, promising to get a statement from the president ‘as soon as we can’

  • ‘It obviously just happened while I was out here,’ said Psaki
  • She promised to provide a statement by President Biden 
  • She was asked about Judge Bruce Schroeder decision not to have the term ‘victims’ used to describe the people that Rittenhouse shot and killed or injured 










Republican lawmakers are demanding that President Joe Biden apologize to Kyle Rittenhouse for linking him to white supremacism following a Wisconsin jury’s not-guilty verdict Friday. 

‘Joe Biden needs to publicly apologize to Kyle Rittenhouse,’ said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson championed the verdict. ‘I believe justice has been served in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. I hope everyone can accept the verdict, remain peaceful, and let the community of Kenosha heal and rebuild,’ he tweeted. 

Last September while running as a presidential candidate, Biden  sent out a tweet condemning Donald Trump for refusing to call anti-BLM protesters white supremacists. It showed the march in Charlottesville as well as an image of Rittenhouse’s face in Kenosha.

‘There’s no other way to put it: the President of the United States refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night,’ Biden said.

Lawmakers on both sides of the issue took to Twitter express their relief or anger.

The Congressional Black Caucus issued a statement saying: ‘It is unconscionable our justice system would allow an armed vigilante — who traveled to Kenosha, Wisconsin and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber, and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz — to go free.  

Said Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.): ‘I’d like to have faith in our criminal justice system, but the immediate question that comes to mind with this news is “Would he have been acquitted if he were black?’ 

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was informed of the jury’s not guilty verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial during the White House press briefing – and promised reporters President Biden would weigh in with a statement.

She was asked about it just seconds after the 12-person jury found Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts of intentional homicide, attempted intentional homicide, or reckless endangerment for shooting and killing two men and injuring another amid protests in Kenosha in August 2020.

‘It obviously just happened while I was out here, so let me talk to the president,’ Psaki responded, talk to our team, and we will get you a statement as soon as we can,’ she said. 

She was asked about Judge Bruce Schroeder decision not to have the term ‘victims’ used to describe the people that Rittenhouse shot and killed or injured. ‘I’m not going to give an assessment of this from here,’ she said. ‘Let us get you a statement as soon as we can.’

Before the verdict, she said the administration has been ‘in close touch with officials on the ground through law enforcement channels to ensure we are supporting any efforts toward peaceful protests. That’s certainly what we will continue to encourage as anyone looks to have their voice heard regardless of the outcome.’

Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all counts Friday afternoon.  

The jury reached a verdict in the Kenosha shooter trial on Friday after four days of deliberation.  

Rittenhouse, 18, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide and other counts for killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz on August 25, 2020. 

Rittenhouse was found not guilty on five counts Friday at the culmination of his trial

Rittenhouse was found not guilty on five counts Friday at the culmination of his trial

Demonstrators have been gathered outside the Kenosha Courthouse all week, as Wisconsin governor Tony Evers called in 500 members of the Wisconsin National Guard to counter the expected protests.

The verdict marks the explosive end of a trial that has been riddled with controversy and drama that has threatened to derail proceedings more than once. 

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