Newsmax TV’s Greg Kelly is continuing his search for answers regarding the shooting death on Jan. 6 of unarmed Trump supporter and Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, allegedly by a plainclothes Capitol Police officer.
“The SWAMP continues to Pretend his didn’t happen. That ASHLI BABBITT—who was UNARMED—was shot and killed on 1/6/21. She didn’t pose a deadly threat to anyone. And NO WARNING. NONE. Before this “cop” opened fire. WE NEED ANSWERS. And Republicans better start Seeking them. NOW !” he tweeted Sunday morning.
The SWAMP continues to Pretend his didn’t happen. That ASHLI BABBITT—who was UNARMED—was shot and killed on 1/6/21. She didn’t pose a deadly threat to anyone. And NO WARNING. NONE. Before this “cop” opened fire. WE NEED ANSWERS. And Republicans better start Seeking them. NOW ! pic.twitter.com/5TwYazSN5D
— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) May 16, 2021
Kelly followed that up with another tweet in all caps: “No police department in the country could justify this use [sic] deadly force. Not one. Ashli Babbitt. Never forget!!”
NO POLICE DEPARTMENT IN THE COUNTRY COULD JUSTIFY THIS USE DEADLY FORCE. NOT ONE. ASHLI BABBITT. NEVER FORGET!! pic.twitter.com/0OIGbHVeVd
— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) May 16, 2021
The Newsmax TV host has been following the story for months, including landing the first interview with Babbitt’s widowed husband, Aaron Babbitt, in late April.
“For all intents and purposes. I guess it’s just not sexy enough to fit the narrative that’s going on right now,” he told Kelly. “They’re just lambasting her on social media and mainstream news
“You know the term ‘insurrectionist’ keeps getting throwing around, ‘rioter.’ To me, she was just a blue-collar American veteran who wanted her voice to be heard and nobody was listening,” he added.
Viral video footage shows someone identified as a Capitol Police officer shooting Ashli Babbitt as she appears to be crawling through the broken window of a door leading to a sensitive anteroom outside the House chamber. Reports noted at the time and since that she was not armed, leading many — including Kelly and her husband, Aaron Babbitt — to question the legality of using deadly force in that situation.
The shooting was reportedly investigated as an incident involving the unauthorized use of excessive force by the Justice Department, but the officer in question, who has yet to be publicly identified, was cleared.
“You see how fast they cleaned up that scene — I mean, they had my wife’s blood off that ground as quick as they could,” Aaron Babbitt told Kelly. “They pulled her body from that floor as quick as they could. They carried her upside down like they’re draining out a beer.”
Last week during a House Government Oversight hearing, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) described what happened to Babbitt as an execution.
“Was the death of Ashli Babbitt a homicide?” Gosar said as he grilled former Trump administration officials about the shooting. “As the death certificate said, it was a homicide.”
But Jeffrey Rosen, a former acting attorney general, declined to answer specifically.
“I don’t want to get into the specific facts of investigations,” he said.
— Chief America 1st Trumpster (President Elect) (@ChiefTrumpster) May 12, 2021
“Who executed Ashli Babbitt?” Gosar pressed, to no avail.
In addition to Kelly, investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson has also questioned why the officer who was allegedly responsible for Babbitt’s death has not yet been publicly identified.
“Who killed Ashli Babbitt and why is the name being kept secret? I’ve never covered a case where a shooter’s name has been kept secret for any reason in all my years as a reporter. It’s considered public record; at least until now,” she wrote in a now-deleted tweet March 31.
“The shooting of Ashli Babbitt on January 6, 2021 by an unidentified U.S. Capitol Police Officer was an unjustified use of deadly force which violated her constitutional rights,” said attorney Terrell N. Roberts, III, of Roberts & Woods in Riverdale, Md., who is representing the Babbitt family.
“It is clear from video footage that Ashli did not pose a danger to the officer, or any other person, when she was shot. Ashli was unarmed. She did not assault anyone. She did not threaten to harm anyone. There was no excuse for taking her life,” he added.
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