In a recent hearing, Arizona Republican Congressman Paul Gosar grilled FBI Director Christopher Wray, asking why the identity of the officer who shot and killed unarmed Capitol protester Ashli Babbitt has not been made public. Wray sidestepped Gosar’s probing questioning.
On Jan. 6th, an unarmed election integrity protestor and USAF veteran, Ashli Babbitt, was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer during protests at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, National File reported.
Here is part of the conversation from Tuesday June 15:
Rep. Paul Gosar: That is disturbing. The Capitol Police officer who did this shooting of Ashli Babbitt appeared to be hiding, lying in wait gave no warning before killing her. Question again, why is that officer who executed Ashli Babbitt [not] been named when police officers around the country are routinely identified after a shooting.
FBI Chief Wray: I won’t comment on that case. It’s not something we’ve been directly involved in, so I can’t agree or disagree with your characterization.
Rep. Gosar: Do you approve of lethal force against unarmed citizens, especially 110-pound women, with no warning, no prior use of nonlethal force while lying and wait?
Chris Wray: I’m not going to try to answer a hypothetical, especially a case …
Rep. Gosar: That wasn’t a hypothetical. That’s actually what happened.
Rep. Gosar asks FBI Director Christopher Wray for the name of the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt. pic.twitter.com/iLn63hA9u4— Election Wizard (@Wizard_Predicts) June 16, 2021
On Monday, June 14, the widowed husband of Ashli Babbitt appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight with an attorney to demand the name of the officer who shot and killed his wife.
In April, the Department of Justice said that it would not press charges against the officer involved, citing “insufficient evidence” to decide if her civil rights had been violated.
Samuel Montoya, a video journalist from Texas, was one of the journalists that captured the “clearest” footage of Babbitt’s killing. The horrific incident was broadcast around the world. As a result, federal officials seized Montoya on April 12 and accused him of four crimes, including “interfering with government business” and “disorderly and disruptive conduct in a Capitol Building.”
Montoya had repeatedly “described himself to others inside the Capitol Building as a ‘reporter’ or ‘journalist’ as he attempts to get through crowds,’” according to the FBI arrest warrant affidavit. However, he apparently couldn’t count as a journalist because “no one by that name has Congressional press credentials as an individual or via any other organizations,” despite documenting much of the day’s events, including Babbitt’s killing, for Infowars, a media outlet.