US Attorney, who Focused on GOP Sen Richard Burr Stock Sales, Opens Excessive Force Probe Over Ashli Babbitt Death
US Attorney Michael Sherwin confirms his office has opened a formal, federal excessive force investigation related to the shooting death of Ashli Babbitt, who was shot by US Capitol Police Wednesday within the Capitol building.
Sherwin is no stranger to controversy, he has focused on investigations of coronavirus-related crime, including an insider-trading probe of U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, over stock sales just before the pandemic sent markets plummeting. Burr, represented by a team from Latham & Watkins, has denied any wrongdoing.
The Media and established political power elites have insisted that Babbitt, along with all attendees of the rally at the US Capitol the day Babbitt was shot and killed, are “insurrectionists” and deserved the highest punishment for attending the rally at the Capitol.
The Epoch Times reported, “Babbitt entered the Capitol building with a group of protesters, including left-wing activist John Sullivan.”
The Daily Mail UK reported:
- Babbitt, 35, was shot in the chest by a Capitol cop as she tried to climb through a window into the congressional chambers as part of Wednesday’s violent mob.
- Babbitt, who served 14 years in the Air Force, died in hospital several hours later.
- The cop who fired the fatal bullet has been put on leave pending the investigation.
His civil rights section will lead the prosecution, which is being investigated by D.C. police and the FBI.
his civil rights section to be the lead prosecutors for the case which is being investigation by both FBI and DC Police @DCPoliceDept
The same US Attorney’s Office has also opened a homicide investigation into the death of Capitol Hill Police Officer Brian Sicknick.
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) January 9, 2021
Sherwin was the focus of an article, Ex-Miami Prosecutor Adds to Disharmony at the DC US Attorney’s Office for law.com,” Michael Sherwin, a Miami federal prosecutor for 12 years, is running the U.S. attorney’s office in the District of Columbia amid fallout over the Roger Stone and Michael Flynn prosecutions,” the article said.
“A former Miami federal prosecutor and other out-of-towners in leadership roles at the U.S. attorney’s office in the District of Columbia deepened a sense of disarray and upheaval.
It started in May when Tim Shea was nearing the end of his 120-day appointment as the acting U.S. attorney in Washington, the largest in the country.”
The former aide to U.S. Attorney General William Barr had some baggage after the uproar over the Justice Department leadership’s intervention for two Trump allies — political adviser Roger Stone and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.”
Sherwin told The National Law Journal that since taking over the Washington office in May, he has stressed to career prosecutors he views his role as supporting them and having their backs “100%.”
“I think we’re going through unprecedented times. Few U.S. attorneys who’ve ever held this office have had to confront a public health crisis coupled with social unrest and a litany of politically charged cases,” Sherwin said. “It’s a combination of multiple factors that make working at the U.S. attorney’s office at this time very challenging. That being said, I want the office to know and the community to know that I am, one, a career prosecutor.”
Sherwin continued: “I understand the challenges of being an AUSA and, despite significant turnover from Jessie Liu to Tim Shea to myself, the office should know that I have their back 100%. And under my leadership, this office will be fully transparent and not only meet but exceed our legal and ethical obligations on behalf of this community and the United States.”