Ashli Babbitt Pleaded With Police to Call for Backup Moments Before She Was Shot and Killed

by: Jay Greenberg

Video reveals Babbitt blasted Capitol Police for not calling in backup

The video was filmed just moments before Babbitt, 35, was shot and killed on Jan. 6, 2021.

Confronting the police officers guarding the doors to the Speaker’s Lobby at the U.S. Capitol, Babbitt is seen blasting them for doing nothing while rioters proceeded to smash windows, an analysis shows.

The analysis of the journalist’s video comes on the heels of recent disclosures that Babbitt tried at least four other times to stop the assault on the Speaker’s Lobby.

It shows her desperation when the rioters were left unchecked.

The video even shows someone smashing a window just inches from a police officer’s head.

Ashli Babbitt is seen growing frustrated as police officers ignore the rioters

In the video—shot by independent journalist Tayler Hansen—Babbitt is seen trailing rioter Zachary Alam, attempting to get between him and one of three police officers at the Speaker’s Lobby double doors.

Alam, who was arrested by the FBI on Jan. 30, 2021, bashes the window in the double doors twice.

The first time, he grabs one police officer’s shoulder with his left hand, then punches between him and another officer, striking the window, the video shows.

“Chill out! Chill the [expletive] out, bro!” someone shouts. “Hey! Chill out!”

“These guys work for us!” someone in the crowd interjects.

“You gonna shoot him?” another person asks.

A bearded man in a red Trump cap complains that they are not being allowed into the Speaker’s Lobby.

"Mother [expletive]! We don’t want to hurt nobody.

"We just want to go in the House.”

Babbitt tries to get in between Alam and one of the officers.

Ashli Babbitt confronted police officers for not stopping rioters

— Parker (@ucorio) January 19, 2022

She says something to Alam, but he brushes her off.

Alam then cranks up his right arm and punches the window next to the officer.

Within a few seconds, Babbitt blows up at the officers for allowing the violence and vandalism.

"Call [expletive] help!” Babbitt shouts, jumping up and down in front of the officers.

"We’re allowed to be here!”

Babbitt takes a couple of steps back.

There was no visible reaction from the officers, sparking her anger.

"You’re a fraud!” she shouts.

"You’re a [expletive] fraud! You’re wrong!”

After walking away, Babbitt can be heard screaming just off-camera: “Take it down!”

Hansen said he believes she meant for the crowd to calm down.

"You could tell that she was definitely getting upset,” Hansen said.

"She was calm when she first got there.

"Then as the destruction continued and as more people started to fill in and it got more dangerous, that’s when you can tell she was getting really upset.”

Babbitt served as a police officer in the U.S. Air Force during her 14 years of military service.

Her husband, Aaron, said her law enforcement experience likely told her something was wrong.

"I believe she saw their inaction as odd or off, and was ultimately confused as to what was happening,” Aaron Babbitt told The Epoch Times.

"She was a take-charge kind of person.

"Her frustrations show that the cops who should’ve been taking charge—weren’t.”

"I’d only seen bits and pieces and never fully put together,” Aaron Babbitt said of the video.

"I can hear the confused panic in her voice.”

He said the video makes him sad since his role as a husband is to protect his wife.

He stayed in San Diego to run the couple’s small business while Ashli attended the Trump rally in Washington.

She was trapped in the hallway, and claustrophobic.

"She had no friends in that room,” Babbitt said.

"I always go back to no one would’ve ever watched out for (her) like I always did. Very helpless.”

Babbitt said he hopes the video analysis gives the public a better understanding of the chaos in the hallway.

"I’ve known something was off with the whole situation from day one,” Babbitt said.

"Hopefully this gives other people a different perspective—or at a minimum makes someone take a second look with a different mindset.”

"What I think it was from reviewing the footage and just from knowing what I know about Ashli from the family, is she probably got claustrophobic,” Hansen said, “because more people and more people kept pouring in and she realized she was in a bad situation.

"So then she pushed her way over to the window area.

"Once that window broke, I think she realized this was going to be bad for the people inside if they were actually able to breach these doors entirely,” Hansen said.

"I think she wanted to be the first one through that window so she could kind of safeguard it, honestly.

"If she can get to the other side of the window where officers are, in her mind she would be safe.”

Hansen said he just discovered an Instagram live-stream video he shot on Jan. 6 that shows Babbitt as she first turned the corner into the Speaker’s Lobby hallway.

He said that Babbitt was friendly with the police officers when she first approached the doors.

"Ashli just walks right up to them and just seems super happy; doesn’t know what she’s about to walk into.

"She was joking with the cops right before Byrd put a bullet into her.”

Hansen said he first encountered Ashli in the Capitol Rotunda as she entered the building by herself.

He next saw her as he emerged from a room with George Washington’s portrait on the wall, then followed her to the Speaker’s Lobby hallway.

They were the first two to reach the double doors.

"It shows her and me just walking right up to the door with Officer Yetter and all the other cops and she starts talking to them.”

Was the FBI’s Whitmer Chicanery a Warm-up for January 6?

By Julie Kelly
By removing three dirty cops from the witness list, the Justice Department hopes to prevent any cross-examination during the trial and, one supposes, any link to January 6.

As questions mount about the government’s animating role in the Capitol protest on January 6, the criminal case against the men charged with conspiring to “kidnap” Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 continues to collapse. 

Defense attorneys in the Whitmer case are carefully compiling evidence that depicts an elaborate tale of FBI entrapment; at least a dozen FBI informants were involved in the failed plot—equaling one FBI asset per defendant. FBI agents handling the informants directed every move. They funded training and reconnaissance trips, and even organized a “national militia” conference in Ohio in June 2020 to lure potential accomplices.

Several men were arrested in October 2020 when the lead informant drove them to meet an undercover FBI agent to purchase munitions, the six month-long scheme’s dramatic conclusion. News of the shocking plot made national headlines as early voting was underway in Michigan: Joe Biden, Whitmer, and the media blamed Donald Trump for inciting an attempted domestic terror attack. (Sound familiar?)

As I explained in an October column, the plan to abduct Whitmer—who had a very public feud with Trump throughout 2020—originated from Operation Cold Snap, an undercover multi-state FBI spy ring intended ostensibly to surveil “militia groups” opposed to states’ lockdown policies.

Henrik Impola, one of the FBI special agents managing the Whitmer kidnapping plan, confirmed the existence of Operation Cold Snap in sworn testimony earlier this year. 

“From the FBI through the domestic terrorism operation center, I was aware of other FBI investigations in Baltimore and Milwaukee and Cincinnati and Indiana involving other militia members,” Impola told a judge in March.  

Impola’s role in the Whitmer caper, in fact, stemmed from his work as a case agent for Operation Cold Snap. The 11-year bureau veteran has spent his entire FBI career investigating counterrorism, including “militia extremism,” which enabled Impola to designate the Wolverine Watchmen, a Facebook group with no real organization coincidentally formed just months before the sting, a “terror enterprise” to justify the government’s central involvement in rigging the kidnapping scheme.

Impola, working out of a satellite office in Flint that reports to Michigan’s only FBI field office in Detroit, was deeply involved in every facet of the Whitmer plot. His testimony is crucial to persuading a jury that the men on trial conspired to abduct Whitmer from her vacation home last year.

But Impola will not testify during the trial scheduled to begin on March 8. (The judge overseeing the case delayed the original November trial date after defense attorneys requested more time to investigate the government’s informants and agents.) BuzzFeed News reported over the weekend that Impola won’t be on the government’s witness list after defense attorneys accused Impola of perjury in another case.

In fact, the Justice Department notified the court on Friday that all three of the top FBI agents in charge of the Whitmer investigation, including Impola, will not testify on behalf of the government amid accusations of misconduct, domestic abuse charges, and political bias.

Jayson Chambers, who worked side-by-side with Impola throughout the sting, was caught running a consulting business and anonymously publicizing his side gig on social media. Over the summer, defense attorneys, citing a separate BuzzFeed report, accused Chambers of using a troll account to hint that something big was coming out of Michigan. The troll account purportedly belonged to the CEO of Exeintel—a cyber intelligence firm owned by none other than Jayson Chambers.

“The evidence documented in the [BuzzFeed] story suggests that Special Agent Chambers used the investigation to promote his company and its services,” defense attorneys wrote in an August filing. Chambers’ moonlighting not only shows a personal motive in coordinating the kidnapping ruse, it also calls into question the integrity of the FBI’s top informant, who kept in nearly-hourly contact with Chambers and Impola for more than six months. Defense counsel will want to know whether the informant knew of Chambers’ side business.

And Michigan wasn’t Chambers’ and his informant’s only target. The pair conspired to entrap another man, a disabled Vietnam veteran from Virginia, into devising a plan to assassinate Virginia Governor Ralph Northam before the 2020 election. “The mission is to kill the governor specifically,” Chambers instructed his informant. (That plot failed to materialize.)

But it would be hard to find a bigger lowlife in the Whitmer case than the lead agent, who not only has been removed from the witness list but fired from the FBI, a near impossible feat.