James T. Hodgkinson, the shooter who opened fire on dozens of Republican congressmen and staffers at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday, had a list of Republican names in his pocket that was recovered by the FBI, The Daily Caller has learned.
The news that the shooter had a list of names suggests the shooting was not a random outburst, but instead appears to be a premeditated political assassination.
The list was written out on notepad paper and found in the shooter’s pocket, according to multiple sources with intimate knowledge of the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the investigation. The list of names included Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan and Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, TheDC has confirmed. Fox News reported after this story that Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais and Virginia Rep. Morgan Griffith are also on the list. All six congressmen are members of the House Freedom Caucus, which contains the lower chamber’s most conservative members.
The FBI has contacted the congressmen to inform them of their inclusion on the list. Rep. Franks confirmed to Fox News that law enforcement officials have told him he is on the list.
“For those still wondering, he didn’t hate baseball or beautiful summer mornings in June,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said in reference to this article. “He hated Republicans.”
The people on the list are against sex trafficking.
Jeff Duncan and Mo Brooks were involved in a Committee of Foreign Affairs and with content involving “Tier Rankings in the Fight Against Human Trafficking”.
Trent Franks was also working against human trafficking:
We already know about how Steve Scalise was working against human trafficking
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) May 25, 2017
Here’s some info on Mo Brooks.
Brooks has taken a hard-line in stopping illegal immigration. On his website, he boasts that he “consistently receives the highest rating in Congress from NumbersUSA on border security issues for his fight to stop illegal immigration.”
As the Montgomery Advertiser notes, in 2011, he said he would do “anything short of shooting” undocumented immigrants to stop illegal immigration. When he launched his Senate campaign, Brooks said this was a “hyperbole to emphasize my position, that I’m willing to do anything I can lawfully do short of shooting them because I want to enforce the law.”
Brooks does have a history of making other controversial statements. For example, in January, he told an Alabama radio station that criticisms of Jeff Sessions were part of the Democrats’ “war on whites.”
“It’s really about political power and racial division and what I’ve referred to on occasion as the ‘war on whites.’ They are trying to motivate the African-American vote to vote-bloc for Democrats by using every ‘Republican is a racist’ tool that they can envision,” Brooks said in January. “Even if they have to lie about it.”
He also told Al.com in 2014 that Democrats were “dividing America by race” and “are waging a war on whites.”
Okay here’s a connection between Congressman Jeff Duncan and sex trafficking. It’s from 2014:
Third District Congressman Jeff Duncan has cast votes in Washington to combat human trafficking both in the United States and abroad.
Grown men don’t cry. Do they? Well, maybe you’ll excuse these United States Congressmen who got a little teary-eyed when Operation Underground Railroad Founder and CEO Tim Ballard told them how he and his Jump Teams are rescuing children from sex trafficking.
The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA), attended the meeting along with Congressman Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL), Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Congressman Juan Vargas (D-CA), Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY), and Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY).
The FBI found a list containing Republican lawmakers’ names on the body of James Hodgkinson, the now-deceased man who shot four people at a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, according to a report published Friday evening.
A paper in Hodgkinson’s notepad contained the names of three GOP congressmen who are all members of the House Freedom Caucus: Mo Brooks of Alabama, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina and Trent Franks of Arizona.
They are all southern as well.
.@PeteWilliamsNBC reporting that Hodgkinson had a list of dozen members of Congress tucked in his pocket during the shooting
— Marianna Sotomayor (@MariannaNBCNews) June 16, 2017