FBI Considered Branding Ashli Babbitt A Terrorist

According to redacted internal files from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the FBI considered labeling Jan. 6 protester Ashli Babbitt a terrorist after she was shot and killed by Capitol Police during the protests in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021.

Judicial Watch got the information from 62 redacted documents obtained through a FOIA request. Judicial Watch is a non-profit conservative foundation headquartered in Washington that files FOIA requests and lawsuits to probe suspected misconduct by public officials.

Eight days following Babbitt’s death during the Jan. 6 protest, after a Capitol Hill police officer shot her in the shoulder, the FBI opened a criminal investigation into Babbitt to see if it could find any crimes she may have committed during the protest.

“It is beyond belief that the Biden FBI gave Ashli Babbitt’s killer a free pass while engaging in a malicious months-long ‘criminal’ investigation of Babbitt herself,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton stated for the record after the government watchdog received the files on the FBI’s internal dialogue about Babbitt.

Judicial Watch is pressing a $30 million wrongful death lawsuit for the Babbitt family. According to a court filing last week, the Biden DOJ is trying to move the goalposts mid-game and push the case from California to Washington D.C.

The Biden administration would likely find a more sympathetic judge and jury for the case in Washington. But Judicial Watch argued that a Washington D.C. courtroom would be a “hostile forum” for Babbitt’s side given the nature of the case.

Ashli Babbitt was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served 12 years in the United States military, meeting her husband, Staff Sgt. Timothy McEntee, while on active duty. During the Jan. 6 protests, a Capitol Hill police officer fatally shot Babbitt as she was attempting to climb through a broken window next to a barricaded door.

U.S. Capitol Police deemed the shooting “lawful and within Department policy” and “potentially saved Members (of Congress) and staff from serious injury and possible death.”


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