Amid ongoing controversy and supposed investigations into what truly happened during unrest at the Capitol on Jan. 6, one key facet of that disturbing day remains shrouded in mystery, namely the identity of the Capitol Police officer who fatally shot a female, pro-Trump demonstrator.
Now, it has been revealed that Ashli Babbitt’s mother, Michelle Witthoeft, says that even though she did not pull the trigger the fired the deadly bullet, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is arguably the one who ‘orchestrated the death of [her] daughter,” who hailed from the Democrat leader’s home state of California.
Babbitt’s family continues to be frustrated by the lack of information on the 35-year-old veteran’s death, which resulted from a gunshot wound sustained as she attempted to climb through a broken window near the Speaker’s Lobby close to the House chamber on that fateful day.
As Fox News reported earlier this year, the Justice Department said in April that it would not pursue charges against the Capitol Police offer who fired that shot, and Babbitt’s family claims that the Metropolitan D.C. Police Department has refused to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request seeking video of the events in question, witness statements, and other information obtained during the course of its probe.
Furthermore, the family has filed suit seeking those materials and has also announced its intention to sue the Capitol Police for upwards of $10 million, alleging the use of excessive force and perhaps also the “failure to train, discipline, and supervise” the office responsible for Babbitt’s death.
Still, Witthoeft lays considerable blame at the feet of Pelosi, saying, “I’ve reached out to Nancy Pelosi’s office several times, and she has yet to call me back because she’s too busy playing in her clubhouse with all of her elite people, adding, “You know, it’s the people’s house. It’s not your house, Nancy. It’s the people’s house. That’s my message to Nancy Pelosi.”
Babbitt’s mother is not the only one who has suggested that Pelosi bears responsibility for the chaos that unfolded back in January. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), one of the two Republican lawmakers the speaker explicitly excluded from participation in the House select committee charged with probing the unrest declared over the weekend that Pelosi needs to answer for the ensuing security failures.
According to The Hill, Banks argued, “Due to the rules of the United States Capitol, the power structure of the Capitol, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, has more control and authority and responsibility over the leadership of the Capitol Police than anyone else in the United States Capitol,” adding:
So [Pelosi] doesn’t want us to ask these questions because, at the end of the day, she is ultimately responsible for the breakdown of security at the Capitol that happened on Jan. 6.
Indeed, given Pelosi’s rejection of meaningful, bipartisan inquiry on these issues, she has effectively, as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) stated, “destroyed” any credibility the panel may have been able to summon, and it remains to be seen whether Babbitt’s family members will ever receive the answers they deserve.