GOP lawmaker defies Trump by defending Capitol cop who killed Ashli Babbitt

GOP lawmaker defies Trump by defending Capitol cop who killed Ashli Babbitt
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Rep. Markwayne Mullin

President Donald Trump has celebrated Ashli Babbitt as a martyr after she was shot while attempting to climb through a window into the Speaker's Lobby outside the House of Representatives.

Trump falsely claimed Babbitt was "innocent" and called her a "wonderful, incredible woman" despite the fact the QAnon conspiracy theorist and Air Force veteran violated her oath to defend the Constitution by attempting to overturn the 2020 election results.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) broke with Trump during a CSPAN interview looking back at what he experienced during the January 6th insurrection.

Mullin explained that he talked with the officer who shot Babbitt.

"He was the last person in the world who ever wanted to use force like that and he wasn't one to do that," Mullin said. "I know for a fact, because after it happened, he came over. He was physically and emotionally distraught. I actually gave him a hug and I said, 'Sir, you did what you had to do.'"

"And I mean that," he added.

"He was doing his job, he got put in a situation where he had to do his job because there were members still in the balcony. And if you're going to present your weapon in a manner and give commands and they still don't listen and they still approach, you don't have a choice because either you have to at that point discharge your weapon in a manner of self-defense or that weapon is going to be taken away from you, it's going to be used on you and put all of our lives in danger, too," Mullin explained.

A Justice Department investigation found "there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution" of the officer who killed Babbitt.

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