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In a video, Trump wished Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt a happy birthday and called for a 'fair and nonpartisan' investigation into her death

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In this Sept. 25, 2021, file photo, former President Donald Trump prepares to take the stage during his Save America rally in Perry, Ga.
Former President Donald Trump. AP Photo/Ben Gray, File
  • Ashli Babbitt was fatally shot on January 6 as she and other rioters tried to enter a Capitol door.

  • A DOJ investigation cleared the Capitol Police officer who killed Babbitt of wrongdoing.

  • In a video on Sunday, Trump called for a "fair and nonpartisan" investigation into Babbitt's death.

Former President Donald Trump recorded a video where he wished the Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt a happy birthday and called for a new investigation into her death.

The video was played on Sunday at a rally held by family and supporters in Freeport, Texas, according to a broadcast from News2Share's Ford Fischer, who confirmed to Insider that he attended and filmed the rally.

Babbitt, an Air Force veteran and endorser of QAnon conspiracy theories, was shot by a US Capitol Police officer when she and other rioters tried to enter a door that led to the House of Representatives on January 6, which Trump described in the video as a "horrible day."

"Together, we grieve her terrible loss," Trump said. "There was no reason Ashli should've lost her life that day. We must all demand justice for Ashli and her family. So on this solemn occasion, as we celebrate her life, we renew our call for a fair and nonpartisan investigation into the death of Ashli Babbitt."

The Justice Department conducted an investigation into Babbitt's death and concluded in April that the unnamed Capitol Police officer who fatally shot her acted in self-defense and the defense of other officers and members of Congress.

The officer was formally exonerated in August, a Capitol Police memo obtained by NBC News said.

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