Former President Donald Trump on Thursday, July 1 released a statement questioning the identity of the person who fatally shot unarmed navy veteran Ashli Babbitt during the Capitol riot on January 6.

“Who shot Ashli Babbitt?” Trump put out his simple reply to the news that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has appointed Liz Cheney to the select committee created to investigate the Capitol riot on January 6, which the Democrats usually blame Donald Trump for inciting.

Ashli Babbitt, a 36-year-old airforce veteran, was shot at point-blank range by a Capitol Police officer when she tried to break through a door leading to the House chamber when protesters started to flock in the Capitol building. She was unarmed.

The mainstream media relentlessly used the counts of five deaths after the Capitol breach to emphasize the responsibility of former president Donald Trump over his speech about the rigged election results.

Before the Mid-April report, which finally established that Babbitt was the only individual killed in the event, in contrast, the three others died of natural causes (including Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick), and one died by an amphetamine overdose, it was common to hear the narrative of how dangerous and violent the pro-Trump rioters were. 

Her husband, Aaron Babbitt, filed a lawsuit on June 1 asking for Washington DC police to provide more details about her case, including files revealing the officer’s identity who shot her. However, until now, such information has remained undisclosed, and Republicans have increased their demand that the shooter’s identity is released.

The Department of Justice said in April that there was “insufficient evidence” to charge the officer’s act with “civil rights” violation, citing a Supreme Court ruling which said “the officer acted with a bad purpose to disregard the law,” judging by the characteristics of the chaos.

“At the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber,” read the statement

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on the other hand, has been ardent in holding the former president accountable for the Capitol event. 

On Thursday, July 1, she had appointed Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), a renowned anti-Trump republican, to a new House panel probing the January 6 Capitol attack. 

This came after Senate Republicans blocked the creation of an independent commission that was expected to be bipartisan. 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy during a press conference has said that Cheney maybe “closer” to Pelosi than to Republicans.

“I was shocked that she would accept something from Speaker Pelosi,” McCarthy said. “It would seem to me is, since I didn’t hear from her, maybe she’s closer to her than us.”

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