The White Nationalist Party, the conservative group that helped elect Trump, is calling on the president to pardon Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), a key figure in the 2016 presidential campaign.
In a letter to Trump on Monday, the group said that the former congresswoman’s conviction for assaulting a reporter at a congressional hearing in February 2016 “hasn’ been used as an example of how to convict a liberal politician.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Waters, who served as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee in the final weeks of the 2016 campaign, was convicted in March for assault and battery on a federal officer.
She appealed the conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the court rejected her argument in October.
Wales said in her appeal that the government used her arrest as an “example” of how “to convict a progressive.”
She said her arrest was “a case study in the perils of the modern criminal justice system,” according to the Washington Post.
“There is no excuse for criminal prosecution based on a false charge,” Waters said in the letter, which was sent to the White House.
“I will not allow it to happen again.
I will not stand by while others are charged with criminal offenses.”
The Trump administration has argued that Waters’ arrest was not politically motivated and that she was not in danger of being prosecuted.
Trump himself was not prosecuted.
But the White Nationalists claim that Trump should act.
“Maxine Waters has repeatedly and maliciously used the news media’s credibility to advance her own personal agenda, to intimidate her opponents, and to attack her fellow Democrats,” the letter reads.
“While she did not have a role in any criminal activity, the actions of the president and his allies are completely unjustifiable.”
The group called on Trump to pardon Waters, and said that if he did not act, “we will continue to pursue our case with vigor and vigor.”
The statement is the latest sign that the president is moving to distance himself from the White Supremacists, who were prominent in the campaign.
Earlier this month, Trump retweeted a post that included a message from the white nationalist website The Daily Stormer that claimed he was not a fan of the KKK.