On June 14th, 2017, James Hodgkinson opened fire on a group of Republican members of Congress. He ended up critically wounding Rep. Steve Scalise and several others, and it was found that he had email correspondence with a number of Democrat officials prior to the attack
In a highly suspicious move, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill) is refusing to release email correspondence he had with the baseball shooter to the public. (via The Daily Caller)
Tim Slater, who is currently the head of the FBI’s Washington field office and head of the case, felt that the motive was spontaneous, but many are questioning this conclusion after it was revealed that Hodgkinson had in his pocket a piece of paper with the names of six Republican congressmen on it.
After further investigation, they had found that he had visited Bernie Sanders office, of whom he was a devout supporter and volunteered on his campaign. James was fervent in his political beliefs, stating that “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.” (via Business Insider)
He was also in email contact with two Democrat senators from his home state, the aformentioned Dick Durbin and also Tammy Duckworth. (via AP).
After inquiring with Durbin’s office, they did admit that “Mr.Hodgkinson contacted our office to state his opinion on a variety of legislation over the years. Those emails were all given to the USCP and are part of the current investigation.”
Despite this, they did not respond when asked if they were willing to publicly release the emails that he had with the baseball shooter.
In addition, the other Democrat senator from Illinois who is alleged to have had contact with James Hodgkinson as well, Tammy Duckworth, was contacted but gave no response on the matter.
This behavior makes us wonder: Do they have anything to hide? If there’s nothing damaging to their credibility in those emails, then publicly releasing them should be of no concern.
Tragically, it is becoming more and more common to see either public figures or social media personalities make references to killing Republicans ever since President Trump took office. This attitude is sadly becoming more common in Hollywood, with famous figures such Johnny Depp having recently made a “joke” about killing the president at his Glastonbury appearance a few days ago. (via The Guardian)
Nor is he the first. Many other public media figures have subtly expressed similar sentiments. One can’t help but wonder whether this is helping fan the flames of extremists such as Hodgkinson.
One also has to take into account the media’s culpability for this situation. Mainstream outlets have been relentless in their deceitful misrepresentation of the current administration, doing everything in their power to paint everything this administration has done in a bad light, with a CNN producer recently admitting that the persecution of Trump was tantamount to an unjustified witch-hunt. (via Project Veritas)
Thankfully, those injured in this attack are recovering, with Rep. Steve Scalise being released from the Intensive Care Unit on Thursday. We can only wonder why Democrat senators refuse to share their correspondence with Hodgkinson with the public.