DesJarlais among six congressmen on reported Hodgkinson ‘assassination list’

Tennessee’s Rep. Scott DesJarlais’ name was on a handwritten list of six Republican congressmen – all members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus — found in the van of James Hodgkinson, the slain shooter who wounded Rep. Steven Scalise and five others on Wednesday.

The Daily Caller initially reported the FBI’s discovery of the note late Friday. Multiple other media outlets have followed with similar reports.

Besides DesJarlais, Fox News says those on the “assassination list” were Republican Reps. Trent Franks of Arizona,  Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Mo Brooks of Alabama and Morgan Griffith of Virginia.

Further from Fox:

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.

From CNN:

Brooks told CNN that he was contacted by Capitol Police and told his name and office number were on the list. Brooks said the list was short and the other names he was told of were also GOP congressmen. Brooks says he is “advising my office personnel and friends to be extra wary in my presence.”

No comment from DesJarlais on the list has been reported in the media as of Saturday morning, though he had talked previously about the shooting. Sample from WKRN-TV:

“On the House floor where we were just a little bit ago, with Speaker Ryan and Nancy Pelosi addressing the House, it is a unified mood right now… “People were shocked that this happened. I spoke with a number of my colleagues that were at the baseball field this morning and it was pretty chaotic. They said that there are lots of shots being fired and they were trying to take cover. They were just very grateful that there was someone there to return fire in the form of the security detail and capital police otherwise we are certain there would have been much more damage and probably several lives lost.”

DesJarlais came into office shortly before Gabby Giffords was shot in 2011.

“She was in the same class as me and that incident shook all of us. There was a lot of divide within the country, and right now we are seeing the same thing so it does remind us to be vigilant when we are out in the public,” he said.

 

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