Biden preparing for "tinderbox" with country on edge ahead of verdict in Chauvin trial

The President voiced his concern about potential fallout from the trial during a private meeting last week with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, people familiar with the session said. For weeks, it has also been a point of worry in conversations with Vice President Kamala Harris, aides say, even as the White House grapples with a cascading wave of mass shootings in America... The White House is bracing for a week ahead that could be particularly volatile, with a Thursday funeral set for Daunte Wright -- another Minnesota man killed by a police officer -- along with new revelations from a police-involved shooting of a 13-year-old boy in Chicago, as well as the verdict in the Chauvin trial... "This was already a tinderbox," a senior White House official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe the thinking inside the West Wing. "It becomes more volatile by the day." Biden's aides have already begun considering and drafting statements for the President to deliver, either in writing or in person, once a verdict is rendered, according to people familiar with the matter. Harris has also been involved in conversations with national Black leaders.