James Hodgkinson, the baseball field shooter who had a list of Republican congressmen he planed to kill, exchanged emails with two Democratic senators from Illinois prior to the shooting, according to new information released by the FBI.
Mainstream media went into damage control mode after the shooting and attempted to portray Hodgkinson, 66, as a lone wolf. However the new information from the FBI opens the door to a wider investigation, amid claims Hodkingson was acting as a political operative.
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While the FBI did not name the Senators, Illinois has two Democrats currently serving in the United States Senate – Richard Durbin and Tammy Duckworth. Durbin has already attempted to distance himself from the shooter, despite admitting he has an eight year email history with Hodgkinson.
“Here’s a man for eight years who expresses himself to me in private emails and never once crosses a line where I would say, ‘Wait a minute, I want to take look at this man, I want to turn this over to somebody,’” Illinois’ senior senator told The 21st.
Hannity reports: After he was shot and killed by local police, law enforcement found a note in Hodgkinson’s pocket with the names of six members of congress written on it.
The suspect spent three months before the attack living in a van just outside the Washington metro area, running out of money, and visiting tourist attractions in and around the nation’s capital.
Prior to the mass shooting, Hodgkinson visited the senate office of democrat Bernie Sanders, whose failed presidential campaign the gunman had volunteered for. The FBI also said the shooter had been in contact with the offices of democratic senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth.
In the immediate aftermath of the “assault,” Sanders issued a public statement denouncing his volunteer.
“I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign,” Sanders said in the statement. “I am sickened by this despicable act. Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.