The cold-blooded killer responsible for the death of Ashli Babbitt – a U.S. veteran and supporter of Former President Donald Trump – is finally revealing his identity.
The Capitol Police officer shot Ashli Babbitt in close range as she was attempting to escape a broken window of the U.S. House Chamber during the Jan. 6 protests.
The interview with the officer will take place on Thursday.
The exclusive interview with Fake News icon Lester Holt will be the first time the police officer, whose identity has not been revealed since the shooting, has spoken out publicly about shooting Babbitt while she and other protesters were outside the glass doors to the Speaker’s Lobby at the Capitol, the network said in a statement Wednesday.
The officer will share his perspective on the events of Jan. 6, including the aftermath and the threats he has received, and the news, first reported by NBC News, that the Capitol Police has let him off the hook for the use of force in the shooting.
The interview is airing at 6:30 p.m. EST during “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” with portions of the sit-down talk to air on “Today” and MSNBC. It will also be available on NBCNews.com and on NBC News NOW after it airs on the nightly news report.
The identity of the man who shot Babbitt has been demanded not only by her survivors but by Republicans including former President Donald Trump, who has characterized her death as murder. The Justice Department also said earlier this year it wouldn’t charge the officer.
DONALD TRUMP STATEMENT ON ASHLI BABBITT pic.twitter.com/wMGiUnj1mv
— Justice For Ashli Babbitt (@ForAshli) August 11, 2021
According to a video obtained by and released on Jan. 8, just two days after the Capitol incidents, Babbitt was shot by an officer behind a barricaded door leading into the Speaker’s Lobby, a hallway leading to the House of Representatives chamber.
The video shows her and others outside the door, where they were blocked by three Capitol Police officers. The officers moved away from the door when other officers arrived behind the protesters, according to the clip and other video posted online, and after they moved, the officer on the other side of the door opened fire, shooting Babbitt.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney