Donald Trump asks Sarasota rally 'who shot Ashli Babbitt?' calling for Capitol cop to be named as he 'prepares for 2024'

Donald Trump asks Sarasota rally 'who shot Ashli Babbitt?' calling for Capitol cop to be named as he 'prepares for 2024'

DONALD Trump controversially asked his Sarasota rally "who shot Ashli Babbitt" – his supporter who was gunned down in Washington DC.

While in Florida, he urged the unknown Capitol cop to be named – as he teased "we are looking at the 2024 election, more than looking at it".

The Saturday rally – which drew thousands of supporters – was billed as a Fourth of July celebration with fireworks.

It was the latest in a series of appearances as the former president tries to keep Republicans' focus on him.

He denounced the policies of his Democratic successor, Joe Biden, and teased of 2024: "We are looking at the election, more than looking at it," prompting cheers from the pumped-up Sarasota crowd.

Trump has been under fire for demanding the identity of the Capitol police officer who shot and killed the rioter during the January 6 insurrection.

His contentious question at the rally came days after the ex-US President emailed supporters on Thursday with just four words: “Who shot Ashli Babbitt?”

The Independent explains that she "has become a cause célèbre among conservatives who have attempted to paint her as a patriotic martyr".

Lawyers for the officer haven't revealed his name as he has received death threats.

Some Republicans have dismissed political probes into the deadly riot, while accusing the Democratic party of launching a "witch hunt".

In May, Oklahoma Republican Stephanie Bice – who backed the January 6 commission – declared: "I will not let this commission be a witch hunt by Nancy Pelosi.

"The purpose of the commission is not to go after former President Trump, but to find out why the Capitol police and sergeants-at-arms were so unprepared."

Tucker Carlson has been among those applauding the House GOP for going against a so-called "fraud" Capitol riot commission that the Fox host branded "partisan as hell".

He spoke out in defense of House Minority Speaker Kevin McCarthy who voted against a commission that would probe the attack when a pro-Trump mob broke into the US Capitol building.

But Federal prosecutors will not charge a police officer who shot and killed the woman as she climbed through the broken part of a door during the insurrection, the Justice Department announced in April.

Authorities had considered for months whether criminal charges were appropriate for the cop who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran from San Diego.

The department’s decision officially closed the investigation.

Prosecutors said they had reviewed video of the shooting.

They had also considered statements from the cop involved and other officers and witnesses, examined physical evidence from the scene and reviewed the autopsy results.

“Based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution,” the department said in a statement.

Video shows Babbitt, wearing a stars and stripes backpack, beginning to go through the opening of an area of the Capitol known as the Speaker’s Lobby when a gunshot is heard.

She falls backward. Another clip shows other unidentified people trying to lift Babbitt up. She can be seen slumping back to the ground.

Mark Schamel, a lawyer for the officer, a lieutenant whose name was not released by the Justice Department, said that the decision to not bring charges was “the only correct conclusion”.

He added that his client had “saved the lives of countless members of Congress and the rioters".

Could Donald Trump run for President in 2024?

Donald Trump is "thinking very, very hard" about a 2024 presidential run, his good pal Nigel Farage recently revealed.

While recently on tour in the US, Farage told Good Morning Britain that Trump, "is going back on the road.

"I've been twice to Mar-a-Lago since I've been here, spent a fair bit of time with him. He's on good form."

He said that with Trump going back on the road to speak to supporters at rallies "he will get his message out I have no doubt".

Asked whether he'd run in 2024, Farage replied: "I think he's weighing it up very, very closely.

"He's 74, he's in very good health actually.

"He had lost a lot of weight when I saw him – playing lots of golf, very determined, mentally ready to fight again.

"But between [the ages of] 74 and 78 things can of course go wrong.

"In my view the Republican party hasn't got anyone else with his courage or his charisma."

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