The husband of Ashli Babbitt has broken his silence after the one year anniversary of his wife’s death at the Capitol.
Aaron Babbitt talked to TMZ about what happened on January 6, 2021 and he said he believes his wife would still be alive if he had been with her, The Daily Mail reported.
“Nobody’s gonna watch over her or watch her back better than I could have,” he said.
“We never would have been in the Capitol for one…that never would have happened. I wouldn’t have gone in there. That’s not my scene,” he said.
He explained that they both do not like crowds and he was stunned to see her in the Capitol.
Aaron said Ashli decided to go to DC on January 6 while the two were celebrating Christmas in Cabo in 2020. He then discovered that his wife had entered the Capitol and been injured after a friend called to say she saw Ashli possibly hurt on TV.
Describing himself as a ‘very vigilant person’ he thinks that he would have noticed that ‘something wrong was going on around there” and picked up on signs that the situation was escalating.
‘I’m pretty sure I would have been able to pick that up pretty quickly,’ Aaron said.
The first anniversary of the Capitol riot passed this Thursday and Aaron said he was happy to see his Ashli’s name trending on Twitter.
Although he has become accustomed to death threats and hate mail, Aaron wants to keep Ashli’s memory alive.
Ashli’s death has been a lightning rod in the debate over the Capitol riot, with Trump’s loyalists painting her as a patriotic martyr, and his detractors dismissing her as a conspiracy-spouting extremist.
Ashli’s mother, Micki Witthoeft appeared with Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Thursday and said her daughter was murdered.
“I feel like the Capitol police need to change the way they do things, they operate with impunity, which I did not know until my daughter was publicly executed,” she said.
“This is not your playhouse or your private domain,” she said to House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
“These surveillance cameras were put up to capture what happened that day, the American people have a right to see the 14,000 hours of footage,” she said.
“You’re not the queen, Nancy Pelosi. This is America’s 14,000 hours of missing footage. We have a right to see it,” she said.
The officer opened fire when the Air Force veteran was attempting to enter the Capitol through a door where members of Congress were being evacuated, NBC News reported.
The Justice Department announced in April that no charges were being brought against the officer. The exoneration by the Capitol Police wraps up the last remaining investigation into the incident.
A memo from the commander of the Capitol Police’s Office of Personal Responsibility says “no further action will be taken in this matter” after the officer was exonerated for use of force.
The Capitol Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A lawyer for Babbitt’s family declined to comment.
The Justice Department in April said that it found that the officer had not violated any federal laws and that the officer shot Babbitt “in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber.”
“Officials examined video footage posted on social media, statements from the officer involved and other officers and witnesses to the events, physical evidence from the scene of the shooting, and the results of an autopsy,” and “based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution,” it said.
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