As Spencer reported on Friday, Senate Republicans successfully filibustered a bill which would create a commission to study the events of January 6, in a 54-35 vote. That the left would be unhappy isn’t surprising, but it really is unhelpful for leading figures like Hillary Clinton to use her platform to lie about what happened that day.
Clinton is talking about Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick who died on January 7, the day after the riot at the Capitol. It wasn’t an “angry mob” which “killed” him, but rather two strokes. We know this thanks to a medical examiner’s report, which Katie covered when it was made available on April 19. That this was released three and a half months after the fact certainly did not help to control the narrative.
According to The Washington Post report which revealed Sicknick’s cause of death:
Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes a day after he confronted rioters at the Jan. 6 insurrection, the District’s chief medical examiner has ruled.
The ruling, released Monday, will make it difficult for prosecutors to pursue homicide charges in the officer’s death. Two men are accused of assaulting Sicknick by spraying a powerful chemical irritant at him during the siege, but prosecutors have not tied that exposure to Sicknick’s death.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Francisco J. Diaz, the medical examiner, said the autopsy found no evidence the 42-year-old officer suffered an allergic reaction to chemical irritants, which Diaz said would have caused Sicknick’s throat to quickly seize. Diaz also said there was no evidence of internal or external injuries.
Diaz said Sicknick suffered two strokes at the base of the brain stem caused by a clot in an artery that supplies blood to that area of the body. Diaz said he could not comment on whether Sicknick had a preexisting medical condition, citing privacy laws.
Democratic House managers arguing for then-President Donald Trump’s impeachment said Sicknick was killed by rioters, citing a New York Times story that said police initially believed Sicknick had been struck with a fire extinguisher. The Times later updated the story saying there was no evidence of blunt-force trauma.
Such is a further reason why the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump–who had already left office by the time of the trial–has little credibility.