Former President Donald Trump regretted not lowering the White House flag for Ashli Babbitt, the Capitol rioter who was killed in the January 6 unrest, the Daily Beast reported.
An unnamed source with knowledge of the matter told the outlet that Trump has privately complained that he didn’t lower the flag. He made the private comments as recently as two weeks ago, the report said.
Former President Donald Trump praised Ashli Babbitt, the Capitol rioter who was killed by police on January 6, and suggested, without citing evidence, that a high-level Democrat may have been involved.
Speaking by phone Sunday on Fox News, Trump was asked by host Maria Bartiromo about the Capitol attack, when a pro-Trump mob breached the building and forced lawmakers to evacuate. Babbitt was among the group that illegally entered the building.
“Who shot Ashli Babbitt? Why are they keeping that secret?” Trump asked. “Who was the person that shot an innocent, wonderful, incredible woman, a military woman?”
Babbitt was with a group of rioters trying to break down the barricaded door to the Speaker’s Lobby, which would have given them access to the House chamber and put them within yards of lawmakers who were trying to evacuate.
She was shot by a Capitol Police officer as she tried to climb through a broken window into the lobby. The incident was captured on video.
The Justice Department cleared the officer of wrongdoing, concluding he had acted in defense of other officers and members of Congress. The investigation was closed without charging or identifying the officer publicly.
Bartiromo also praised Babbitt and said her family wanted answers about “why this wonderful woman, young woman, who went to peaceful protest, was shot.” She then said, without citing evidence, that the security detail of a “leading member of Congress” may have been involved.
“I’ve heard also that it was the head of security for a certain high official, a Democrat,” Trump said. “And we’ll see, because it’s going to come out.”
GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming on Tuesday blasted fellow Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona for placing the blame for the death of Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt with the Capitol Police.
Cheney, one of the most prominent Republican critics of former President Donald Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, rebuked Gosar for his comments in a tweet.
“On January 6, as the violent mob advanced on the House chamber, I was standing near @RepGosar and helped him open his gas mask,” she wrote. “The Capitol Police led us to safety. It is disgusting and despicable to see Gosar lie about that day and smear the men and women who defended us.”
During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Tuesday, Gosar questioned FBI director Christopher Wray about Babbitt, who was fatally shot by a Capitol police officer.
After Gosar asked Wray if he knew who “executed” Babbitt, Wray said that he didn’t know the name of the officer who was involved in the shooting.
“It’s disturbing,” Gosar said at the hearing. “The Capitol police officer that did this shooting appeared to be hiding, lying in wait and then gave no warning before killing her.”
In April, the Department of Justice announced that they would not pursue charges against the officer who shot and killed Babbitt.
In a statement at the time, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said “the investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, 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.”
On Tuesday, GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, a vocal Trump critic, also criticized Gosar for his comments regarding Babbitt.
“You’re sick Paul, sadly,” he tweeted. “Truth is, 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 abusing people for political power.”
Since the Jan. 6 riot, some of the most conservative House members have tried to downplay the severity of the attack, including Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia, who described the harrowing scene at the Capitol as similar to a “normal tourist visit.”
Later on Tuesday, Gosar and 20 other House Republicans voted against legislation to award Congressional Gold Medals to police officers who protected lawmakers during the riot.
The legislation easily cleared the House in a 406-21 vote.
The family of Ashli Babbitt – who was fatally shot while storming the US Capitol building during the January 6 insurrection – has filed a complaint against Washington DC’s Metropolitan Police Department asking for the identity of the Capitol officer who shot his wife.
Babbitt was fatally shot by a police officer as she tried to enter the Speaker’s Lobby at the House of Representatives by climbing through a broken window during the January 6 siege.
No charges have been brought against the officer who shot her, and the officer has not been publicly named.
But according to court papers first obtained by CNBC and seen by Insider, Babbitt’s husband, Aaron Babbit, is now seeking access to the officer’s identity, video footage of the incident, and more.
The compliant, filed last week, alleges that the MPD “failed to comply” with a Freedom of Information Act request by missing a May 12 deadline to provide or deny the materials.
Babbitt family lawyer Terrell Roberts told CNBC that the purpose of the FOIA was to find more information out about the shooting.
The complaint is separate from a lawsuit in which the Babbitt family plans to sue both the Capitol Police and the officer who shot Babbitt for wrongful death.
The MPD would not comment on the complaint to Insider because it is pending litigation.
Jones is accused of breaking a window of the Capitol building moments before Ashli Babbitt was fatally shot during the insurrection earlier this month.
He’s facing multiple charges, including assault on a federal officer, destruction of government property, obstruction of justice, unlawful entry on restricted building or grounds, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
A Kentucky man who is accused of breaking a window of the Capitol building moments before Ashli Babbitt was fatally shot during the insurrection earlier this month has been arrested.
Chad Barrett Jones, 42, of Coxs Creek, Kentucky, was arrested in Louisville on Saturday and charged with assault on a federal officer, destruction of government property, obstruction of justice, unlawful entry on restricted building or grounds, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, the FBI said in a news release.
The affidavit cites video from the Washington Post, alleging that Jones can be seen striking a door to the lobby’s glass panels with what appeared to be a wooden flag pole.
The crowd around the man can be heard shouting “Break it down” and “let’s f—— go!” as he struck the glass, the FBI said.
Seconds after the glass panel was broken, Babbitt, 35, was shot by a police officer as she tried to climb through it to enter the lobby.
Babbitt and four others died in the Capitol riot, which was carried out by supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the building as Congress debated Electoral College votes from the 2020 election won by President-elect Joe Biden.
FBI Special Agent Javier Gonzalez said in the affidavit that a witness identified Jones through a tip to the FBI National Threat Operation Center.
The witness said Jones was a relative who had told him he traveled to Washington DC and had used a flag pole holding a flag supporting Trump to break the Capitol window.
Another person, who identified himself as a friend of Jones, told the FBI that Jones had called him after seeing himself on the news, and called himself an idiot, according to the affidavit.
Jones is scheduled to appear in court on January 19.
Ashli Babbitt was killed after being shot storming the US Capitol alongside a violent Trump mob on Wednesday.
Babbitt was a veteran of the Air Force, and was active on social media. Posts made prior to her death reveal she was fully steeped in a pro-Trump and QAnon conspiracy echo chamber.
Previous posts called out Democratic lawmakers, including Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Representative Maxine Waters, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with Babbitt saying she was putting them “on notice.”
Ashli Babbitt’s Twitter account said she loved “my dude, my dog, & above all, my country.” On Wednesday, the 14-year veteran of the Air Force and ardent Trump supporter, who dabbled in conspiracy theories over social media, died during a rampage at the Capitol Building.
Law enforcement officials told NBC News of her death and DC police confirmed the news to the Washington Post. MSNBC reported that a law enforcement officer fired the shot.
Babbitt was one of hundreds of Trump supporters who, at the president’s suggestion, stormed down to the Capitol to protest the confirmation of Joe Biden’s Electoral College win over Trump. Photos and videos of Babbitt inside the Capitol before, during, and after she was shot were shared across social media, and after her death, her husband told local San Diego media that Babbitt was an ardent Trump supporter.
Babbitt’s social media posts prior to her death give a clearer idea of her decision to head to Washington on January 6.
Babbitt regularly expressed support for Trump on social media. While she didn’t tweet much herself, she was an ardent retweeter of conservative and right-wing figures, including Michael Flynn and Jack Posobiec, and conservative news sites like Right Side Broadcast News.
On January 5, Babbitt responded to a tweet that read, “A lot of flights into DC are being canceled with no bad weather. The entire world is corrupt.”
“Nothing will stop us,” she responded. “They can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours….dark to light!”
She also regularly endorsed QAnon conspiracy theories on Twitter. In a series of photos posted in early September, Babbitt attended a Trump Boat Parade in San Diego, sporting a QAnon t-shirt, and included the group’s slogan in the caption.
In December, Babbitt posted a screenshot of a California stay-at -home order notification and tweeted, “This is that commie bullshit!”
In a follow-up tweet, Babbitt shared a photo of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s face with a stop sign pasted over it, and later retweeted posts calling for Newsom to be recalled.
Babbitt often engaged with former Trump lawyer Lin Wood, a known conspiracy theorist.
Less than 24 hours before the violent rally, Babbitt retweeted a tweet from Wood which read, “MUST BE DONE LIST before Congress meets today: 1. Mike Pence @vp @Mike_Pence must resign & thereafter be charged with TREASON. 2. Rod Rosenstein @RodRosenstein must be arrested & charged with being accessory to murder & TREASON. 3. Chief Justice John Roberts must RESIGN.”
A series of videos posted by Babbitt to Twitter in 2018 showed her expressing anger over California’s Democratic politicians and ranting about immigration at San Diego’s southern border.
In the videos, she calls out Maxine Waters, Kamala Harris, Ted Lieu, Jerry Brown, and Gavin Newsom, and claims they’re in favor of unrestricted immigration. Babbitt was specifically angry with Kamala Harris for comparing ICE’s tactics to the KKK.
“I’m putting all of you on notice. Every single one of you politicians in California, what the hell are you doing?” Babbitt shouts from her car in one video.
Babbitt seemed fond of conspiracy theories which suggested that Chief Justice Roberts and other high profile politicians in DC engaged in pedophilia, and she often retweeted far-right media personalities.
In one post, Babbitt retweeted Jack Posobiec who, responding to a photo of DC-bound Trump supporters wearing MAGA hats, tweeted, “So many domestic terrorists!”
Her last tweets heavily referenced Trump’s January 6 rally.
In one, Babbitt liked right-wing commentator Graham Allen’s tweet, which said, “Here we go…. January 6, 2021 will be in the history books one way or the other! Buckle up America!”
In one of her last tweets on the first day of 2021, Babbitt responded to a Twitter user asking, “When do we start winning?” Babbitt quote-tweeted and responded, “Jan 6, 2021,” with an American flag and hang five emoji.