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Hillary Clinton Riles Up Twitter by Wrongly Claiming 6 January Rioters 'Killed' Capitol Policeman

© AP PhotoIn this image from video, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the third night of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020
In this image from video, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the third night of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020 - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.05.2021
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A total of five people died as a result of the storming of the Capitol by pro-Trump protesters. However, only one of them was actually killed: a protester shot in the neck by one of the police officers defending lawmakers, something that netizens were quick to remind to the ex-presidential candidate.

Commenting on a move by Republican senators to filibuster the passage of a bill on the 6 January commission, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton alleged that the GOP did this in order to conceal the truth about what happened on the day of the Capitol riot. And apparently, Clinton indeed needs a dedicated commission herself to get all the facts about that day straight, because in the same tweet she erroneously claimed the rioters killed a Capitol police officer on that day.

Indeed, even before the dust from the riot settled, the first reports suggested that Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, 42, "collapsed" and died after sustaining injuries from engaging with protesters, namely being hit in the head by a fire extinguisher or ingesting a chemical substance sprayed by one of the rioters.

© REUTERS / Leah MillisThe US Capitol Building is stormed by pro-Trump protesters on Jan. 6, 2021
Hillary Clinton Riles Up Twitter by Wrongly Claiming 6 January Rioters 'Killed' Capitol Policeman - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.05.2021
The US Capitol Building is stormed by pro-Trump protesters on Jan. 6, 2021

However, Washington medical examiner Dr Francisco Diaz's report presented in April showed that Sicknick, in fact, died from a "devastating form of stroke". What is more, Diaz ruled his death as "natural", meaning it was in no way hastened by unnatural causes – such as physical engagement with the protesters, whose actions were equally condemned by Democrats and Republicans.

Twitterians were quick to remind Clinton of this fact and even more. They tried to help the ex-presidential candidate remember the name of the only person of five, who was actually killed that day – 35-year-old Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt.

She was fatally shot by one of the Capitol policemen defending lawmakers from the mob. Babbitt was trying to rush a police barricade in one of the doorways, when an unidentified officer shot her in the neck after issuing numerous warnings.

Another netizen alleged that Clinton confused the 6 January riot with another attack on the Capitol – a 2 April ramming of one of the entrances, which actually resulted in the death of a Capitol Police Officer, William Evans.

GOP Stops Attempt by Dems to Establish 6 January Probe Commission

On 28 May, Democrats failed to gather the 60 votes required to take the bill to create a 6 January commission under consideration. With only six Republicans backing the effort and two Democrats not being present for the vote, the evenly split Senate failed to pass the motion.

The sun flares through the camera lens as it rises behind the U.S. Capitol building, Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, Monday, March 22, 2021, in Washington. - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.05.2021
US Republicans Filibuster Bill on Creating Commission to Investigate 6 January Capitol Riot

Republicans oppose the creation of the commission – a Democratic initiative – on the grounds that it copies the functions of congressional committees investigating the attack. Furthermore, the GOP is concerned that the projected panel, despite being evenly divided between the two parties, might affect the upcoming 2022 midterm elections.

Democrats, in turn, lambasted the GOP's filibuster. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer alleged that Republicans were simply afraid the probe will hurt their presidential favourite, Donald Trump, and that he might in return harm their political careers.

 

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