When James Hodgkinson was allegedly firing round after round at congressional Republicans Wednesday, he had in his pocket a list of names of several members of the House Freedom Caucus, giving rise to unconfirmed reports of an “assasination list” of potential targets.
The Daily Caller reported the list contained the names of Reps. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., and Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz.
James Hodgkinson had a list of Republican names in his pocket that was recovered by the FBI, Daily Caller reports https://t.co/cbViK1CnPR
— Alex Pappas (@AlexPappas) June 16, 2017
Fox News later reported that Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., and Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., were also on the list.
All of the names are members of the House Freedom Caucus, a conservative group of lawmakers.
⚠️All Congressmen on assassination list were investigating human trafficking & agitated for Clinton investigation & impeachment if she won.
— TruthInGovernment (@TruthinGov2016) June 17, 2017
An ASSASSINATION LIST was found on Hodgkinson’s body. Why did they take so long releasing the list? Our police have gotten too “politicized” pic.twitter.com/KdrQjGTrnK
— Norman Jonah (@ona3pica) June 16, 2017
The presence of the list opens up the possibility the attack by Hodginkson was premeditated. Adding to that theory is the fact the reports claim pictures of the field where the shooting took place were found on Hodgkinson’s phone.
Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill., was an avowed liberal who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and disliked President Donald Trump. Hodgkinson was killed Wednesday, leaving investigators to try to piece together his motives.
Brooks confirmed the presence of the list and that his name was on it. He said he is “advising my office personnel and friends to be extra wary in my presence.”
Franks said “it’s clear that (the shooting) was premeditated” and he has been contacted by Capitol Police, even though he was not at the baseball practice during the shooting. He also told Fox News his name was on the list.
Duncan said he met Hodgkinson as he was leaving the practice and was asked “if the players on the field were Republicans or Democrats.” Duncan told him the players were Republicans.
For those still wondering, he didn’t hate baseball or beautiful summer mornings in June. He hated Republicans. https://t.co/rnStHcODdh
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) June 16, 2017
“For those still wondering, he didn’t hate baseball or beautiful summer mornings in June,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said. via Twitter. “He hated Republicans.”
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