District 2 Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin, 47 of Tularosa, was interviewed for a CNN documentary about the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, in the course of which he questioned studies that two people were killed in the riot.
Griffin reported during the interview that he was not guaranteed if Capitol law enforcement officer Brian Sicknick and protester Ashli Babbitt ended up useless, in spite of several reviews confirming their fatalities.
Sicknick died on Jan. 7 of a stroke he endured immediately after becoming sprayed with not known chemical agent in the course of the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
Babbitt was shot in the shoulder when she tried using to climb through a barricade close to the Home of Representatives chambers. Babbitt later died of the injuries.
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The so-much unnamed Capitol Law enforcement officer who allegedly shot Babbitt was not billed in her death.
Babbitt was 1 of 5 men and women who died Jan. 6. A lot more than 400 have been billed in the riot.
Griffin was arrested on Jan. 18 on a charge of knowingly moving into or remaining in any limited building or grounds without having lawful authority relating to his participation in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. Griffin did not enter the U.S. Capitol constructing.
“I’m not even so positive that Officer Sicknick’s even lifeless. I’m serious,” Griffin mentioned in the course of the job interview. “That’s, that is how – and I detest to be so outrageous conspiracy-minded. I’m not even so absolutely sure Ashli Babbitt is dead.”
Couy Griffin is ‘brainwashed’
Drew Griffin, the CNN reporter who interviewed Griffin as well as quite a few other folks for the documentary “Assault on Democracy: The Roots of Trump’s Insurrection,” informed Anderson Cooper that Couy “is so much off the rails – I would dare to use the loaded phrase – he is brainwashed.”
“He is out there. He nevertheless thinks this things, and other folks like him – I really don’t believe Couy would be harmful – but other individuals like him can and will be unsafe,” Drew Griffin reported.
Couy Griffin serves as Otero County Commission Vice-Chairman. He is also co-founder and spokesman for the political action committee Cowboys for Trump.
The Alamogordo Day-to-day News asked Otero County Chairman Gerald Matherly for comment. He did not offer you comment by the time of publication.
District 3 Otero County Commissioner Vickie Marquardt declined to comment and stated she had not witnessed the documentary.
Griffin’s authorized issues
Federal Decide Trevor N. McFadden has established the oral hearing to be held at the exact time as a standing convention in the circumstance, 10 a.m. on June 30.
Griffin is also less than investigation by the New Mexico Legal professional General’s Business office on grounds that he violated the Marketing campaign Reporting Act, Governmental Carry out Act and that he allegedly dedicated embezzlement, racketeering, income laundering and producing or allowing a false voucher for community money.
Regardless of his lawful woes, Griffin claimed he regarded as either a operate for governor or a operate for Catron County Sheriff. Griffin is from Reserve in Catron County.
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