The identity of the person who fatally shot Capitol Hill rioter and US Armed Forces veteran Ashli Babbitt on January 6 still remains unknown to the public as well as her family, even amidst an ongoing lawsuit from the family to discover the identity of said shooter.
The Spectator, a UK based outlet, is floating the idea that a Secret Service agent, one of whom that was in former Vice President Mike Pence’s security detail, was the one who allegedly shot her.
"Sources close to and within the intelligence community tell Cockburn that Babbitt was actually shot by a member of then-vice president Mike Pence’s protective detail," writes The Spectator. Cockburn is the outlet’s political gossip columnist that engages in "Mischief, mayhem and Washington gossip," according to their website.
"The VP’s detail, of course, is provided by US Secret Service, not the Capitol Police. One person asserted to Cockburn over drinks in DC that this is 'basically an open secret' in the intelligence community," they continue.
Law enforcement sources told The Spectator that the shooter, who was suspected as being a Capitol Hill officer, was identified as such "in order to protect the reputation of the Secret Service."
Another theory considered by Cockburn is the idea that the shooter was suspected to be a Capitol Hill officer because it's an "attempt to protect Pence from further anger or threats from Capitol rioters who wanted him to refuse to certify the results of the election on January 6."
Officers are usually named when involved in a shooting, but "the unnamed officer’s lawyer says that his client is being kept anonymous due to threats against his life," wrote The Spectator.
Babbitt’s husband, Aaron Babbitt, is suing the Metropolitan Police Department for $10 million for the identity of her shooter after the Justice Department ruled that it would not pursue criminal charges against the shooter.
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