In a recent interview, the mother of Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt – killed during the Jan. 6 Capitol unrest – alleges that despite her repeated efforts to make contact, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have both declined to talk to her about the events of that fateful day, as The Blaze reports.
Speaking to conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza, Micki Witthoeft revealed that there is not a single elected lawmaker currently in office who has stepped up to provide her with information about her daughter’s death.
Recounting the harrowing events that changed her family’s life forever, Witthoeft said, according to Fox News, “I knew that my daughter had been shot but there had been no official contact with our family as to who [shot her] – and my son-in-law actually learned of Ashli’s death by seeing it on TV.”
Adding insult to injury, Babbitt, despite her 14 years of service in the armed forces, was denied a military burial, and according to Witthoeft, the explanation given was that she disqualified herself from such an honor by virtue of her participation in the Jan. 6 protests. That decision, the grieving mother explained, was a “further slap in the face,” as it was rendered before the probe into her daughter’s death was not even complete.
Turning then to the official stonewalling to which her family has been subjected since the beginning of the year, Witthoeft detailed the “phone call a day” she began making in an attempt to obtain information about what occurred, and at the top of her list were legislators hailing from her state of residence, California.
“I started with Nancy Pelosi. And I called Nancy Pelosi and I called Dianne Feinstein,” saying that while she has contacted the House speaker specifically at least 12 times, “I have never received any kind of correspondence from her. She will not call me back. I’ve emailed her, she doesn’t email me back…I’ve had absolutely no response.”
Perhaps worse than the indifference shown by Pelosi is the outright hostile approach Witthoeft says was taken by a staffer for Sen. Feinstein, who reportedly told her, “Although it’s unfortunate, your daughter should not have stormed the Capitol. Dianne Feinstain will never have two minutes for you.”
The interview with D’Souza was not the first time Witthoeft took aim at Pelosi specifically for avoiding the tough questions related to her daughter’s killing, saying earlier this summer, “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.”
Babbitt’s family has pledged to file a multi-million dollar wrongful death suit against the Capitol Police and the officer who fired the fatal shot, and hopefully that process will finally yield the information – and perhaps a sense of closure – that Witthoeft and her family deserve.