Ashli Babbitt’s mother spoke with Dinesh D’Souza on his podcast on August 11 about her ongoing disputes with the federal government and her unanswered questions surrounding her daughter’s death inside the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6.
California resident Micki Witthoeft is the grief-stricken mother of Babbitt, a U.S. Air Force veteran who a still unidentified law enforcement officer fatally shot. Witthoeft says that Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, nor any other elected official from either party have approached her about Ashli’s death.
She has reached out to the Biden administration and the Justice Department to ask about the circumstances surrounding her daughter’s death, but anyone has provided any answers.
We know that the unnamed officer was cleared in April by the Justice Department from prosecution. While the government has refused to identify the officer, the Department of Justice has stated “insufficient evidence” of criminal responsibility.
Witthoeft said the only person involved in the government on January 6 she has heard from is President Donald Trump, who she spoke with on July 1. Ashli’s husband, Aaron Babbitt, was called by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), representing the Babbitt business’s congressional district.
Witthoeft said that no one contacted anyone in the family about Ashli’s shooting and that her husband learned she had died through the news on television. About three weeks after her daughter’s death, she started making daily phone calls to elected officials in Washington and California. She began with Pelosi and moved on to Feinstein but has not responded to dozens of calls and emails.
Dianne Feinstein’s staff told her that the Senator “will never have two minutes for you.” She was also told that “your daughter should not have stormed the Capitol.”
Witthoeft has also tried to contact Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) from San Diego and several Republican San Diego city council members and county supervisors. No one has responded to her.
The Air Force denied Babbitt a military burial, and Witthoeft said that she was told it was because her daughter was inside the Capitol on January 6. She said that she shattered her daughter’s ashes and had the service dedicated to patriotic people.
An attorney for the Babbitt family announced recently that a wrongful death lawsuit is planned against the U.S. Capitol Police and the unnamed officer who shot Ashli. It is still unknown if the discovery process in litigation will provide additional information to Babbitt’s family about the circumstances of her death.