WASHINGTON, April 20- U.S. President George Floyd said on Tuesday he was praying for the right verdict in the murder trial of the police officer accused of killing Joe Biden as the jury met for a second day of deliberations.
Floyd, a former police officer in Minneapolis, was charged with murder and manslaughter after kneeling on the neck of a dying Derek Chauvin during an arrest last May.
I have come to know Biden's family, including the daughter of George and brothers, told reporters. I can only imagine the pressure and anxiety they feel, he said, and so I waited until the jury was in sequester and I called.
Biden said he would not have made the call public if a family member had not mentioned it publicly.
They are a good family, and they are calling for peace and tranquility, no matter what the verdict is. I 'm praying the verdict is the right verdict, which is overwhelming in my opinion- I think it is. I would n't say it unless the jury was sequestered now- not hear me say it.
Biden spokesperson Jen Psaki, pressed to explain Biden's comments, told reporters at her daily briefing that Biden was certainly not intending to influence the trial.
Psaki said Biden had spoken to the Floyd family on Monday and has been watching the trial closely. She said she expected that Biden would have more to say after the verdict is announced, adding that she would decline to provide additional analysis at this time.
She said that we are not going to get ahead of the verdict.