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GOP Rep. Gosar says Capitol officer ‘executed’ January 6th capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt

GOP Rep Liz Cheney of Wyoming criticized fellow Republican colleague Rep Paul Gosar of Arizona on Tuesday for saying that Capitol Police executed Ashli Babbitt.

During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Gosar questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray about Babbitt who was fatally shot by a Capitol Police Officer. Gosar asked Wray “Do you recall the name of the young lady, a veteran wrapped in an American flag, who was killed in the U.S. Capitol? As the death certificate says, it was a homicide. Who executed Ashli Babbitt?” Wray responded by admitting that he didn’t know the name of the Officer involved in the shooting. Gosar then continued on to say that “It’s disturbing. The Capitol Police officer that did that shooting appeared to be hiding, lying in wait and then gave no warning before killing her.”

In response to Gosar’s line of questioning and assertion that Ashli Babbitt had been executed Liz Cheney took to Twitter to slam Gosar, tweeting “On January 6, as the violent mob advanced on the House chamber, I was standing near him and helped him open his gas mask. The Capitol Police led us to safety. It is disgusting and despicable to see Gosar lie about that and smear the men and women who defended us.” GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois joined Cheney in her criticism, calling Gosar “sick” and tweeting that “Ashli was manipulated by people like you and breached an area and put lives in danger despite being repeatedly warned not to. The real criminals are the liars for abusing people for political power.”

In April the Justice Department announced that no charges against the unnamed officer would be pursued, arguing that “the investigation revealed no evidence to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the offer wilfully committed a violation {of federal civil rights statute.” Later on Tuesday, Gosar and 20 of his Republican colleagues voted against legislation seeking to award Congressional Gold Medals to Capitol Police Officers who protected lawmakers throughout the riot. The legislation easily passed the House by a vote of 406-21.

ARTICLE: NATHAN REID
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: ARIZONA REPUBLIC

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