(READ) FBI sued for Ashli Babbitt files

The watchdog group, Judicial Watch, has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on behalf of Aaron Babbitt, husband of the late Ashli Elizabeth Babbitt against the Department of Justice (DOJ). The lawsuit asks for all FBI files on Ashli Babbitt.

Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd shot and killed Babbitt, an Air Force veteran, inside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 during the post-Trump-rally melee. She was climbing through a broken window at the time and was unarmed.

Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd

Babbitt was a 35-year-old resident of San Diego, California, where she owned and operated a successful pool business with her husband.

Ashli traveled alone from San Diego to Washington, DC to attend the Women for America First rally on January 6, 2021.

Watch Sharyl Attkisson’s investigation into the role of undercover federal agents and informants in allegedly instigating the crowd on Jan. 6

The shooting occurred at the east entrance to the Speaker’s Lobby. After demonstrators filled the hallway outside the lobby, two individuals in the crowded, tightly packed hallway struck and dislodged the glass panels in the lobby doors and the right door sidelight.

Lt. Byrd, who is a Capitol Police commander and was the incident commander for the House on January 6, shot Ashli on sight as she raised herself up into the opening of the right door sidelight.

Lt. Byrd later confessed that he shot Ashli before seeing her hands or assessing her intentions, or even identifying her as female.

The FOI lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of California to compel production of the FBI files on Babbitt after the FBI denied two February 27, 2023, FOIA requests to the FBI and subsequently failed to respond to an appeal of the denial.

On January 5, 2024, Judicial Watch filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the U.S. Government on behalf of the family of Ashli Babbitt (Estate of Ashli Babbitt and Aaron Babbitt, et al. v. United States of America (No. 3:24-cv-00033)).

The lawsuit includes $30 million in claims against the government for wrongful death, assault and battery, and various negligence issues.

Describing Babbitt’s killing by Lt. Byrd, the Judicial Watch complaint recounts:

The facts speak truth. Ashli was ambushed when she was shot by Lt. Byrd. Multiple witnesses at the scene yelled, “you just murdered her.”

Lt. Byrd was never charged or otherwise punished or disciplined for Ashli’s homicide.

“Ashli Babbit was the only homicide victim on January 6, yet the FBI has been illicitly hiding its files on Ashli Babbitt from her family for a year,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Why the cover-up?”  

Judicial Watch says it is extensively investigating the events of January 6.

Read more information (Estate of Ashli Babbitt and Aaron Babbitt et al. v. U.S. Department of Justice

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