December 3, 2022

This Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) driver’s license photo, provided to AP by the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, shows Ashli ​​Babbitt.

Maryland MVA | Courtesy of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office via AP

The policeman who fatally shot Ashli ​​Babbitt, who was involved in the pro-Trump invasion of the U.S. Capitol, will reveal his identity for the first time in a television interview broadcast Thursday night.

The interview with Lester Holt on NBC Nightly News, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET, will air three days after the U.S. Capitol Police Department announced not to discipline the officer following an internal investigation into the Jan. 6 shooting.

The Justice Department previously said it would not bring criminal charges against the officer, whose identity has not been disclosed.

Babbitt, part of a mob of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol, tried to climb through an opening in a broken glass door outside the speaker’s lobby that leads into the House of Representatives, the DOJ investigation found. The officer in the lobby drew his service pistol and shot Babbitt once in the left shoulder, causing her to fall backwards to the floor. She was transported to the Washington Hospital Center, where she died.

Since her death, Babbitt has become a far-right martyr. Online crowdfunding sites for her family have raised thousands of dollars. Former President Donald Trump released a statement earlier this month saying he spoke to Babbitt’s mother claiming she was “murdered by someone who should never have pulled the trigger.”

The family of 35-year-old Air Force veteran Babbitt has vowed to file a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the police and the officer who fired the gun. Babbitt’s family is also suing Washington for surrendering documents revealing the identity of the officer who shot them.

Capitol police said Monday that the officer and his family had been “the subject of numerous credible and specific threats.”

Terrell Roberts, an attorney for Babbitt’s family, questioned this finding in light of the upcoming interview.

“Have Capitol Police fears that identifying the officer would put them in great danger vanished?” Roberts said in an email to CNBC.

The official at the meeting will “share his perspective on what happened that day, including the aftermath of the deadly riot and the threats he received,” NBC said in a press release.

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He will also discuss the USCP’s conclusion that his actions in the Capitol during the insurrection were “lawful and within the guidelines of the Department”.

This policy states that a civil servant may only use lethal force if he or she “reasonably believes that an act is in the defense of human life, including the civil servant’s own life, or in the defense of a person directly affected by a serious bodily harm is threatened “.

An earlier investigation was completed in April by the Metropolitan Police Department and the US Attorney’s Office in Washington.

It found that Babbitt, one of the hundreds of rioters who broke into the Capitol on Jan. 6, was part of a crowd that stormed a hallway outside the speakers lobby that leads to the Chamber of Representatives.

Members of this mob tried to break through the glass doors between the hallway and the lobby, which the officers had barricaded with furniture, the DOJ’s investigation revealed.

Trump spread the false conspiracy theories of a rigged election that led some of his supporters to invade the Capitol. At a rally outside the White House on Jan. 6, Trump urged supporters to march to the Capitol and pressure Republicans to challenge major states’ votes for President Joe Biden.

The hundreds of Trump supporters who stormed the building on Jan. 6 forced a joint session of Congress to vacate their chambers and hide from the mob, temporarily halting the confirmation of Biden’s victory.

“You were literally there to stop the theft,” Harry Dunn told Capitol Police in a hearing last month before a select committee of lawmakers investigating the Capitol invasion.

This committee was formed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, after the Senate Republicans rejected an attempt to create an equally bipartisan, September 11, 2001-style commission.

On Wednesday, as part of its review, the select committee made extensive inquiries for documents from numerous federal agencies as well as Trump’s White House.