Donald Trump Sends Birthday Video Demanding 'Justice' For Ashli Babbitt Over 1/6 Death

Former president Donald Trump praised the woman who was shot and killed during the January 6 riot at the Capitol as a "truly incredible person" in a video message played at a memorial event on what would have been the 36-year-old's birthday.

Trump issued a message of support for Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran and advocate of the QAnon conspiracy theory, while calling for the Department of Justice to reopen an investigation into her shooting by Capitol police officer Michael Byrd.

The clip of Trump addressing the small crowd at the "Texas Loves Ashli Babbitt" event on Sunday was posted on Twitter by News2Share's Ford Fischer, who live streamed the entire ceremony.

"To Ashli's family and friends, please know that her memory will live on in our hearts for all time," Trump said.

"Ashli served our country in the United States Air Force for 14 years, where she was a security forces airman and eventually went on to achieve the rank of senior airman. She defended our nation overseas, including in Iraq to fight in the war on terror."

"On that horrible day of January 6, Ashli arrived at the United States Capitol, she was shot and tragically killed. Today would have been her birthday, happy birthday Ashli.

"There is no reason Ashli should have lost her life that day. We must all demand justice for Ashli and her family," Trump added.

"So on this solemn occasion as we celebrate her life, we renew our calls for a fair and non-partisan investigation into the death of Ashli Babbitt.

"I offer my unwavering support to Ashli's family and all on the Department of Justice to reopen its investigation into her death on January 6th. All Americans deserve a fair process, and you deserve justice."

In April, the DoJ confirmed they would not be pursuing criminal charges against Byrd over the shooting on Babbitt as rioters attempted to break through a glass door separating a hallway from the Speaker's Lobby and Chamber.

"The investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber," the DOJ said in a statement.

Capitol Police also cleared the officer over the shooting, saying he had acted lawfully and in line with their department policy during the incident.

In an interview with NBC, Byrd said he "tried to wait as long as I could" before her fired at Babbitt.

"I hoped and prayed no one tried to enter through those doors. But their failure to comply required me to take the appropriate action to save the lives of members of Congress and myself and my fellow officers," he added.

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Former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on October 09, 2021 in Des Moines, Iowa. Trump has called for the DoJ to reopen its investigation into the shooting of Ashli Babbitt in a video message played at a memorial event. Scott Olson/Getty Images