GOP congressman’s own words come back to haunt him after he claims Ashli Babbitt was 'murdered'
On his fourth day in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) gained nationwide attention for his actions during the January 6th attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters seeking to overturn the election.
After a quarter century career in law enforcement, the former Fort Bend County sheriff and Army Reserve major helped barricade the doors to the House floor.
Nehls was proud of his actions, posting a photo of him in a blue shirt standing next to a Capitol Police office with a drawn-gun pointed at a rioter looking through a broken window.
But during a Monday appearance on Newsmax, Nehls claimed Ashli Babbitt had been "murdered" while trying to climb though a window into the Speaker's Lobby on the other side of the chamber.
Politico reporter Olivia Beavers noted on Twitter that Nehls had told her on January 15th that officers would have been "totally justified" if they had shot rioters trying to enter the House floor. She provided audio of his comments.
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