Half-hour Capitol meeting was positive: ‘He was a gracious host,’ Micki Witthoeft said
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy told Ashli Babbitt’s mother that he has yet to watch video of the Jan. 6 shooting that led to Babbitt’s death at age 35.
During a 30-minute Capitol Hill meeting, McCarthy (R-Calif.) promised to watch the videos Micki Witthoeft left with him, she said.
“I said, ‘Well, I want to talk about what you said about Michael Byrd doing his job when he murdered my daughter,’” Witthoeft told The Epoch Times on March 23.
“And then he said that he would. I said, ‘Good, because then the next time you talk about it, you’ll have a more informed opinion.”
McCarthy sparked outrage from Babbitt’s family on Feb. 2 when he told Capitol reporters that Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd “did his job” when he fired on the unarmed Babbitt at the entrance to the Speaker’s Lobby on Jan. 6. She was pronounced dead 30 minutes later.
McCarthy’s chief of staff approached Witthoeft outside of a House hearing on Feb. 28 and asked if she would like to have a face-to-face meeting with the Speaker.
Witthoeft said she felt very good after the meeting.
“I was expecting some positive interaction because otherwise, I don’t think he would have agreed to meet me,” she said. “I didn’t want it to be adversarial. And I thought that we should both come at it with an open mind.”
Witthoeft said McCarthy was very attentive and let her talk for 30 minutes about her daughter’s killing and other Jan. 6 topics.
“He let me talk for half an hour and didn’t interrupt me, didn’t interject,” Witthoeft said. “I really felt like he was a gracious host.”
Witthoeft said she brought up conditions at the D.C. jail, what she sees as over-charging of Jan. 6 defendants by the U.S. Justice Department, and the difficulty many defense teams have getting exculpatory evidence accepted at trial, among other issues.
“I feel like he was present in the moment,” Witthoeft said. “I feel like he listened to me.”
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“Police Lt. Michael Byrd (Black) “did his job” when he fired on and killed the unarmed Ashli Babbitt (White).”
What would you expect if Police Lt. Michael Byrd was White and unarmed Ashli Babbitt was Black??
We ALL know what would have happened. Police Lt. Michael Byrd would have been prosecuted and the Blacks would riot, burn and loot.
If the “colors” were reversed we would have had “mostly peaceful protests”!!!
AND peaceful arsons, lootings and buildings burned..
” we will take all necessary measures to defend our people and will always respond at a time and place of our choosing,” Austin said. ,,,,,The proper way to respond to Terrorists, domestic or Intenational. Murder our citizens at will, and keep your eyes in the skies for the rest of your life, unless you think you are able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, fly faster than a speeding bullet, or rely on some diminutive Democrat politician to cover your six, with their media declaring you a hero for killing just one more form of their hated and despised American innocence in the form of a young unarmed woman. Shooting an unarmed citizen is not doing your job, protecting the unarmed citizen IS, not keeping the wealth stealing politicians in power that purchased a gun for hire ,while attempting to take away those Constitutionally designed to protect WE THE PEOPLE. If Washington were aive today he would demand they change the name of this corrupted reptilian swamp of Pelosi run palaces, King Midas Biden controlled economies that wither everyhing they touch, where dwell shadow’s of humanity people that kill and eat their own young.
McCarthy better get caught up and get more attention on this. I’m glad he met with her and I won’t forget. I want to hear that he did watch the videos and he’s doing something.
I’d have loved to ask him “WHY THE HELL HAVE YOU NOT SEEN IT yet”?
You’ve had plenty of time to do so Kevin!