Republican Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK) defended the unknown Capitol policeman who shot and killed Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt during the January 6th Capitol Uprising.
A total of five people died that day, but only Babbitt – who was unarmed – was killed.
“He (the Capitol cop) was the last person in the world who tried to use such violence, and he wasn’t prone to it,” said Mullin while appearing on a C-Span show called Jan. 6, Views From the House .
The GOP representative stated that he even had to comfort the officer after the shooting.
“I know exactly because after it happened, he came over. He was desperate physically and emotionally, ”explained Mullin. “I actually hugged him and said, ‘Sir, you did what you had to do.'”
. @ RepMullin on a police officer who fatally shot a woman in the Capitol on January 6th: “After it happened, he came over. He was desperate physically and emotionally. I actually hugged him and said, ‘Sir, you did what you had to do.’ ”Pic.twitter.com/qSwZgilMS7
– CSPAN (@cspan) July 23, 2021
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Markwayne Mullin defends officer who shot Ashli Babbitt
Former President Donald Trump has questioned why the identity of the Capitol policeman who shot Ashli Babbitt was not disclosed.
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“Who shot Ashli Babbitt? Why are you keeping this a secret? Who was the person who shot an innocent, wonderful, incredible woman, a soldier? ”He said in an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo earlier this month.
“I also heard it was the chief security officer of a certain senior official, a Democrat,” he said, without going into why he believed it. “And we’ll see, because it’ll come out.”
A senior law enforcement official has denied that Babbitt was shot dead by a security officer for a congressman.
Ashli Babbitt’s mother honored at Trump rally, speaks to reporters about political prisoners in DC (VIDEO) https://t.co/pyb7fVIBO4
– Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) July 25, 2021
Earlier this year, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) went so far as to say that Babbitt was “executed” during the Capitol protest.
“As the death certificate says, it was murder. Who executed Ashli Babbitt? ”Gosar asked former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen at the time.
The Arizona Republican recently invited Babbitt’s mother to a pro-Trump rally where she said, “My daughter died for this cause.”
EXCLUSIVE: Ashli Babbitt’s mother tells National File “My daughter died because of that … I’m here to be my daughter’s voice because she was silenced” before Rep. Paul Gosar invited her today. pic.twitter.com/lSMC5ChwCy
– National File (@NationalFile) July 24, 2021
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Justice Department defends officer
Despite the claims made by Gosar and Ashli Babbitt’s mother, the Justice Department concluded that the Capitol Police Officer’s actions did not violate federal law.
“Officials examined video footage posted on social media, statements from officers involved and other officials and witnesses to the events, physical evidence from the location of the shooting and the results of the shooting,” said a statement.
“Based on this investigation, the officers determined that there was not enough evidence to support criminal prosecution.”
DEA agent flashed service gun and badge while raiding the U.S. Capitol and shared the video of Ashli Babbitt with other officials: Fedshttps: //t.co/ffcUSbI7tJ
– Law & Crime (@lawcrimenews) July 20, 2021
Mullin insists that the Capitol cop “did his job.”
“If you present your weapon … and give orders and they still aren’t listening and still approaching, you have no choice,” he said.
“Either you have to fire your weapon at this point in … self-defense or this weapon will be taken away from you, it will be used against you and also endanger our lives.”
A special committee formed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, made up of anti-Trump Democrats and Republicans, will begin an investigation into the January 6th events.
Trump has insisted that “a real and thorough investigation must be conducted” and it must include “Who Killed Ashli Babbitt?”
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