Trump asks who shot ‘innocent, wonderful and amazing’ Ashley Babbitt
The officer who shot Trump supporter Ashley Babbitt during riots inside the halls of Congress on January 6 revealed his identity in a live interview. NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt Thursday.
“I know on that day that I saved countless lives,” Lieutenant Michael Bird said,, spoke publicly about the shooting for the first time, after the authorities had previously refused to identify him. I know that members of Congress, as well as my fellow officers and staff, were in danger and in grave danger. This is my business.”
Mrs. Babbitt has emerged as a far-right “martyr” whose name is “Who Killed Ashley Babbitt?” It was invoked by Republican lawmakers and former President Donald Trump, who supplied it in public statements and on Fox News, in an apparent attempt to walk away from scrutiny of the reasons and rhetoric behind the attack and Republican responsibility supporting efforts to undermine democracy.
All this made it so when Lieutenant Byrd’s name was leaked online, the officer, who is black, faced a torrent of racist threats and abuse.
The disclosure of his identity comes amid renewed scrutiny of the events of January 6 from all sides.
Hours before the interview, Mrs. Babbitt’s family’s lawyer revealed the name of Lieutenant Byrd and denounced her murder
A group of seven Capitol police officers also filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing former President Trump, far-right groups and Trump allies of conspiring to impede the certification of millions of Americans from their votes and undermine the outcome of the presidential election.
The lawsuit comes on the heels of recent testimony by a number of officers before the House Select Committee to investigate how the Trump White House and federal law enforcement planned its response to the attack, and how the administration fueled the movement that drove it.
The family of Ms. Babbitt — an Air Force veteran who amplified election-related conspiracy theories on social media before she traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the riots — threatened to file a $10 million manslaughter lawsuit and demanded records related to the wrongful killing. The attack, including the identity of the officer who killed her.
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The death of an Air Force veteran and QAnon supporter who predicted a “storm” in Washington, DC is the center of the Republican revisionist campaign to undermine the attack on Congress.
Death of Air Force veteran and QAnon supporter who predicted ‘storm’ in Washington, D.C. is the center of the Republican revisionist campaign to undermine the attack on Congress
Alex WoodwardAugust 26, 2021 16:29
NBC interview with the Capitol officer who shot Ashley Babbitt
The interview will be broadcast online NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt It’s 6.30pm EST on August 26th.
Alex WoodwardAugust 26, 2021 16:29
The suspect in the Capitol truck bomb will remain in the capital’s prison while undergoing psychiatric evaluations
Seven months after the attack on the US Capitol, a man accused of threatening to detonate a “weapon of mass destruction” in Washington, D.C. last week, will remain under the care of a new drug regiment and psychiatrist before his mental aptitude hearing continues next month.
If he finds a mentally competent person to appear in court, he could face life imprisonment.
Alex WoodwardAugust 26, 2021 16:33
Capitol Riot Commission Demands Huge Collection of Records from Eight Government Agencies
The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots requested extensive records from several executive-level agencies and federal law enforcement groups, indicating the committee’s wide-ranging investigation into the events surrounding the attack on Congress fueled by Donald Trump’s unfounded account of the stolen election. she has. .
In their requests: communications from the former president and more than 30 Trump White House staffers, government officials and aides — including call logs, phone records, meeting notes, and White House visitor records.
Agencies have until September 9th.
Alex WoodwardAugust 26, 2021 16:38
The Capitol Police officer who shot Ashley Babbitt will not face ‘internal discipline’ after investigation
On Monday, the US Capitol Police announced that the officer who shot Ashley Babbitt “will not face internal discipline.”
This follows the Justice Department’s decision in April not to prosecute the officer.
A corresponding review from Capitol Police determined “that the officer’s conduct was lawful and within the department’s policy, which states that an officer may use lethal force only when the officer reasonably believes the action is in defense of human life, including that of the officer himself, or in Defend anyone who is at immediate risk of serious bodily injury.”
And the department announced, “The officer in this case, whose identity has not been revealed, in order to preserve the safety of the officer.”
The officer and his family have been the subject of many credible and specific threats to the actions taken as part of the job of all our officers: defending Congress, members, staff, and the Democratic process, according to the Capitol Police.
The administration determined that the officer’s fatal bullet “potentially save” members of Congress and staff from “serious injury and possible death from a large mob of rioters who have stormed” the chambers of Congress, just outside the House floor, where members were steps away, police said.
“If the doors are breached, rioters will have immediate access to the chambers of the House of Representatives,” police said. “The officer’s actions were consistent with the officer’s training and [Capitol Police] Policies and procedures.”
Alex WoodwardAugust 26, 2021, 17:00
Seven Capitol Police officers sue Trump, allies and far-right groups
A group of seven police officers in the US Capitol I filed a lawsuit He accuses Trump, far-right groups and Trump allies of conspiring to block millions of Americans from getting their votes and undermining the outcome of the presidential election.
The lawsuit cites Trump’s Twitter account, speeches and statements, as well as targeting OathKeepers, 3% of members of the Proud Boys, and “Stop the Steal” organizer Ali Alexander and Roger Stone, among others.
It was filed in US District Court in Washington, DC.
Alex WoodwardAugust 26, 2021 17:20
Trump says executive privilege will be defended to prevent January 6 commission from seizing his phone records
Not surprisingly, Trump opposed a request by the House Select Committee to invest in the Capitol riots for a set of White House contacts from his time in office that led to the attack and its surroundings.
He claims that although he is no longer in office, the committee is violating his “executive privilege”.
Alex WoodwardAugust 26, 2021 17:43
At least two people near Ashley Babbitt face federal charges during the riots
At least two people from the crowd that surrounded a broken window into House chambers before Ashley Babbitt’s death are facing federal charges, according to reporter Scott MacFarlane, who closely monitored court hearings related to the riots.
They are among dozens of people They were arrested in the aftermath of the assault and charged with a range of charges, from assault to assaulting officers to violent entry and disorderly conduct, among other things.
Alex WoodwardAugust 26, 2021 18:17
A judge says Trump’s lawyers face sanctions for their “amazing” attempt to overturn the election
A federal judge has ruled that nine pro-Trump attorneys who participated in a Michigan lawsuit to nullify the results of the 2020 election will face financial penalties and may be fired.
US District Judge Linda Parker said the lawsuit “represents a historic and profound breach of the judicial process.”
He added, “It is one thing to take responsibility for defending the rights associated with an alleged alleged election.” “It is another to assume responsibility for deceiving a federal court and the American people into believing that rights have been infringed, regardless of whether any laws or rights have in fact been infringed.”
Alex WoodwardAugust 26, 2021 18:49
Ex-FBI director rejects Trump’s claims he is protected from January 6 investigation: ‘We have laws in this country’
The former FBI director has rejected Donald Trump’s claims that “executive privilege” would protect him from an investigation by the House Select Committee into the January 6 attack.
Speaking on CNN, former FBI Deputy Director Andy McCabe said the size of the commission’s request meant that any attempt to stop it by citing executive privilege would be a difficult task.
Alex WoodwardAugust 26, 2021 19:05