A video clip from the last known livestream of the woman fatally shot during Wednesday’s deadly and unprecedented Capitol riot, Ashli Babbitt, was found Thursday. She is among the four others who died as a result of the hours-long attack.
Babbitt was a San Diego-area resident who served 14 years and two tours in the U.S. Air Force.
Babbitt was shot by a Capitol Police officer while she and a mob of rioters were standing in the door leading to the House Speaker’s Lobby of the Capitol. The chaotic moment was caught on video and soon after spread rapidly online.
In the video taken prior to her breaching the U.S. Capitol alongside hundreds of other rioters, Babbitt is marching with fellow supporters of President Donald Trump down Pennsylvania Avenue toward Capitol Hill, with the base of the Washington Monument visible in the background. This occurred after Trump held a midday rally in front of the White House to protest Congress later that day certifying the states’ Electoral College votes, thereby sealing President-elect Joe Biden‘s 2020 election victory.
The video clip starts with her already speaking, about marching to the Capitol “in a mob,” but the context of the incomplete remark is unclear.
Babbitt then claimed there were estimated to be “over three million” Trump supporters present.
“So, despite what the media tells you,” Babbitt continued, “boots on the ground definitely say something different. There is a sea of nothing but red, white, and blue; patriots and Trump.”
“And it was amazing, you could see the president talk,” she added, grinning gleefully.
“We are now walking down the inaugural path to the Capitol Building,” Babbitt said before the brief clip ended, then repeating her attendance claim. “Three million-plus people.”
The New York Times‘ report on Babbitt found that she had been waiting for Wednesday, seemingly eagerly. It was reported that “a discouraged friend” on Twitter last week asked Babbitt: “When do we start winning?”
“Jan 6, 2021,” Babbitt reportedly answered.
“Nothing will stop us,” she also reportedly posted to an unspecified social media site the day before the riot, according to the BBC. “They can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours.”
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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation
In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.
The charges against Hunter Biden include:
• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm
• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer
•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance
According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.
Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.
The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.
Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.
Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.
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