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bellville, illinois, 66, left a trail of information for investigators on his social media. including face book. there was anti-trump postings his facebook page. i'm going to read a few. quote, trump is a traitor and destroyed our democracy. quote, it's time to de trump and co. suspect he menlt meant company there. so those are just two postings. those were posted in march. he also called republicans quote clowns. so for those who think and senator rand paul mentioned that maybe this was politically motivated. this is the type of information that suggests that perhaps it was. it is still early. the fbi is leading the investigation and there they're still searching for a motive officially b
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fbi officials earlier today, they feel like they have a pretty good handle on this investigation. now it's unclear what that means. but clearly they have some information that leads them closer perhaps to a motive in this case. and when you look at this social media and these postings that were allegedly put on social media by the suspect, it suggests that yes, he was following politics certainly in washington. he had put on his social pages an it i-trump postings several. what i read was just a sampling. this is information that investigators will look to as they try to put together a a -- pieces of this puzzle. it is still early on. there is still a lot more information to gather. specifically and i said before why was he in d.c. in
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this area. alexandria at that moment. were there any other threats from this man to members of congress. that is something that capitol hill police would have investigated. was he on their radar? and so these are all questions that investigators are looking at and we're looking at too. >> reporter: thank you. as you know also in a world of social media people do leave trail. we have a footnote to earlier, they announced that the game will continue. and will be held. i think a lot of people are glad for that decision to show that democracy is in action and all the congressman said this is a unifying moment. certainly a time as acrimonious as the political climate is, this is a time for bipartisanship and everybody seems to be on the same page. >> not division. >> right. everybody is on the same page. america is a great country and we'll continue. nancy is on capitol hill.
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from paul ryan and democratic leader nancy pelosi. we'll join nancy on capitol hill with that part of the story. >> reporter: i can tell you that members of congress reacted with applause when they learned the baseball game will goen tomorrow as skej -- go on tomorrow as scheduled. one congressman from california said the congressional baseball game is on. we will play for charity but also for the victims and heroic officers who took down the shooter. there were many members who felt it was symbolically important that this game take place as planned. so that members of congress could show they were not daunted by this act of violent and so they could show their respects for the people who were injured. now we are awaiting paul ryan to speak on the house floor but in the meantime bernie sanders is speaking on the senate floor. let's take a listen. >> congressional staff and the capitol police officers who
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full recovery. i also want to thank the capitol police for their huroric actions to prevent further harm. thank you. >> reporter: so a brief comment from bernie sanders on the senate floor. the shooter as we know had expressed messages of support for sanders on his social media pages and sanders has responded by saying that he has prayers for all of the victims. and is asking everyone to come together. members of the house are now streaming on to the house floor. which is going to be opening any minute now. with a prayer and with speeches both from the house speaker paul ryan and the house minority leader nancy pelosi. theygist receive -- just received a briefing about security here at the capitol in the wake of this morning's incident. they learned more about the
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and now they are coming together to hear what their le have to say. we know paul ryan who sleeps most nights here at the capitol as many members do was in the house gym this morning when he learned about the shooting. a shooting that effected people he knows and cares about deeply. steve scalise who is a member of his leadership team. it's just four people, it's a very tight knit team and there you see house members streaming out of that security briefing and making their way to the house floor. >> reporter: all right. we are waiting to hear from nancy pelosi. thank you. everybody keeps giving tribute to the two police officers and i wanted to think about them for a second. here you are at a baseball diamond. they're not even on alert. i'm curious to hear what they were doing when the shots broke out. >> they have to be on alert, right? maybe at all times. >> i don't know, jeff. i think
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there watching steve scalise and it's different if you're going into a situation as an officer and know that this is a dangerous situation. i think that you're you're -- you're -- you have a different kind of stance about you. are you looking around? scanning the crowd? i don't think that's the case. it's 6:30 this morning. yieshgs it >> it is a target much softer. it's 7:09 a.m. there is paul ryan walking in right now preparing to talk to members of con who are -- anxious to hear as much as they can. and understand the implications of what happened this morningin alexandria, virginia. following him is nancy pelosi, the former speaker of the house. >> talk about unity, there is unity right there. paul ryan and nancy pelosi walking up to potentially make the statement together. but the -- as -- jeff pointed
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the anti-trump anti-president mes are also some indications from social media of the pro-bernie sanders messages. you saw sanders speaking there. we saw bernie sanders 22 et. saying -- tweet. saying the violence has to stop. >> nancy, we'll go back to you on capitol hill because y hearing that members of congress were worried about security. >> reporter: that's right. ruben who was in the all members briefing just came out a few minutes ago and told us that members have been getting a lot of death threats lately and they asked in the meeting ing about the possibility of using campaign funds to pay for security. so this is clearly a widespread concern. and had been before this morning's incident. we heard a number of law makers today say that they are shaken up. that they are concerned about their personal safety when walk around. that they're more concerned than just a few hours ago. and a number
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deep concern about the political atmosphere in the country and political rhetoric and the way that it can spin people up, put people against each other, and in some cases obviously pit people against their members of congress. >> reporter: you're hearing that on both sides of the aisle? >> yes. ruben is a democrat. and a number of democrats just like republicans have gotten those death threats. over the there have been people who -- windows at their congressional offices and home districts have been smashed rocks. and in -- in -- in a sense something that they take as part of the territory and try to go about their daily lives and know they'll get death threats the same way that many people who are in the public eye get threats and they try not to take it that seriously most of the time and assume it's all talk and not any action. but clearly sometimes it is action. and they
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times will be. and he is saying his colleagues are asking if they can pay for security out of their own personal campaign funds. aside from skal and a few other members these members of congress don't walk around with any security detail whatsoever. they see them all over washington, d.c. and in their home districts and they are in many ways ordinary citizens without any protection. and yet they're highly visible and a lot of people have s feelings about the policies they back and the policies they oppose. any -- just looking at any member of congress 's tw feed and you can see how ang raepeople can -- angry people can get to the issues they support. you don't expect that's to
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some situations it does and now members are wondering what can be done to protect them. >> reporter: we saw during the time that members went back home because of some of the debates in congress, they were particularly raucous town meetings. not about threats to their lives but clearly of the level in in -- in combativeness was more apparent than ever. >> reporter: i have been at some of the town halls where you can tell that the member of fwrsz congress is up on the stage and making a calculation about are these people simply angry and frustrated and getting fee out or is there a sinister intent behind the anger they are showing to the members of congress. and there were situations where members had to be hustled out by security, taken out by a back door because they were worried of the crowd. people have every right to be passionate about
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issues. that passion translates to a lot of influence in the country whether it's on the right or the left. people know that, you know, that showing strong beliefs and getting large crowds together is the way that you influngs your member -- influence your member of congress. it can be difficult to know the difference between p simply exercising their first u amendment rights and want to make sure that their representative how strongly they feel and someone who has a more menacing attempt. >> reporter: clearly we saw that during a campaign. things like locker up and some of the most crude political language that we heard. we did see expressions that we had not heard before. this has been a season of course political rhetoric. we all see that -- online. right? and a lot of it
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cowardly. but when it manifests itself in other ways, it -- we -- we don't know exactly what they're thinking. there may be a limit to the amount we find out because the suspect is now dead but yes we -- everyone i think sees politics heated. >> you also expect a passion and the acrimony and the anger but you don't expect to be in danger when you're practicing for a baseball game in a suburb of washington, d.c. you don't expect that. >> and as major garret points out about the most pastoral scene, a baseball field, and one that became the scene of gunfire. we have a new photo of the suspect. out -- up on the screen now. this shows james t. hodgkinson of illinois taking part in a protest outside the post office. i'm not able to tax
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live congress -- 70 years. he -- he -- he is protesting the 1% essentially. in this picture. >> that was in illinois in 2012. >> he has his shades on as he did in the picture. something somehow drove james t. hodgkinson who was -- would appear from the picture has been politically active for a good number of years. to approach this baseball field and perform the unspeakable this morning. we're waiting to hear from the speaker of the house and nancy pelosi. they should be addressing and speaking to members of congress in just a few minutes. >> this is from a restaurant manager charles orear from st. louis who said he campaigned with james t. hodgkinson. he describes him as a mellow quiet guy. very reserved. they stayed overnight at a sanderspo
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illinois after canvasing for senator. they stayed up all night talking politics. so a very passionate man. >> aren't they often described that way. quiet and reserved until they're not. we don't know what triggered him from doing acts -- from those pent-up feelings to doing something violent. >> we are still waiting to get a lot of information. there is a lot we don't know. about james t. hodgkinson now. chris is with kmov outside the gunman's house in bellville, illinois, and joins us on the phone. what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning. that's right. we are outside had the suspect's gunman's house here. it's a well kept home. when we arrived there was nobody here. it's a private street. it's in a rural area just outside the city center. neighbors told us t
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months. they tell us they feel sorry for his wife and say she is going bear the brunt of this. she still lives in the home but she is not here now. >> reporter: we have to respect interrupt chris because the speaker of the house is is about to talk. here it is. we ask your blessing. on our brother representative skal. -- steve scalise. two officers and the staffer shot. bless the hands of those who tend to their injuries. we as americans are blessed by a free and open society with rights secured by law and the constitution. once again we are reminded that there is a vulnerability that comes with that openness. may we all be vigilant in good citizens, neighbors, and defenders of our way
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at a time when so many challenges to our way of life and government seem under siege. we thank you for the men and women who sppd respond to the crises that befall us. especially the capitol police and all first responders. may their heroism and generosity of spirit be assured of our appreciation of their service. in this great silence as we are gathered most dramatically at this assembly at the people's house. may republicans and democrats be mindful of the rare companionship they share. men and women who have taken very public
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our country. that carries so many burdens and today the reminder shared danger. may this day be characterized by kindness, good will, and compassion. one to another. god, bless america. and may all that is done this day be for your greater honor and glory, amen. >> amen. the chair persupt to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approved. the chair will lead the house in the pledge of allegiance and invites the members of the gallery to join. and i fledge pledge allegiance t
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america and to the republic for which it stands one nation under god indivisible with liberty and justice for all. i ask to address the house for one minute. >> recognized. >> my colleagues, there are very strong emotions throughout this house today. we are all horrified by this dreadful attack on our friends and on our colleagues and those who serve and protecthi
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capitol. we are all praying for those who were attacked and for their families. steve scalise, zachary barth, matt mika, david bailey, crystal grinner. we are all giving our thoughts to those being treated for their injuries at this moment. and we are united. we are united in our shock. we are united in our anguish. an attack on one of us is attack on all of us. [applause]
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[applause] i know we want to give thanks to the first responders and to the alexandria police department who were on the scene in minutes. and i know this house wants to state unequivically that we are as ever awed by the tremendous bravery of the capitol police. [applause] i spoke with special agent
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one was being treated and one was about to go into surgery. i expressed gratitude to them. it is clear to me based on various yinsz eyewitness accounts that without these two heroes agent bailey and greiner, many lives would have been lost. yrn we all want to learn about what happened. we just all received a briefing from the surgeant of arms. -- sergeant of arms. the fbi is working with local law enforcement. we want to extend
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received from throughout the capitol and from throughout the country. and now knowing steve scalise as we all do, he is likely really frustrated that he is not going to be able to play in the baseball game. [laughs] i also know that steve wants all us to commend the bravey of these who came to the aid of the wounded. in the coming days we will hear their stories. and we will have a chance to hold up their heroism. my colleagues, there are so many memories from this day we'll want to forget. and there is so many images that we will not want to see again. but there is one image in particular that this house should keep. and that is a photo i saw this morning of our democratic colleagues gathered in prayer this morning after hearing the news. every day we come here to test and challenge each other. we feel so deeply about the things we fight for and
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things we believe in. at times our emotions can clearly get the best of us. we are all imperfect. but we don't shed our humidity when we enter this chamber. for all the nose and fury, fury -- noise and fury, we are one ily. these were our brothers and sisters in the line of fire. these were our brothers and sisters who ran into danger and saved countless lives. so before this house returns to its business, let's just slow down and reflect. to think about how we're all being tested right now. because we are being tested right now. i ask each of you to join me to resolve, to come together, to lift each other up, and to show the country, to show the world, that we are one house, the people's house, united in our
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it is that humanity that will win the day and it always will. god bless. [applause] [applause] mr. speaker, i rise to join the distinguished speaker in paying tribute to the brave men and women of the capitol police force and also in sadness for the assault made on our colleagues and members of the staff. to my colleagues you'll hear me say something you've never heard me say before.
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remarks of the speaker. [laughs] beautiful remarks, mr. speaker. thank you so much. for the sentiments that they represent, thank you so much. [applause] again we are not one caucus or the other in this house today. we speak for each other in saying that we send our thoughts and prayers to our coll, steve scalise. personally we have our italian american connection so as soon as i heard his name i was was -- filled with concern as i would be for anyone here but we had that special connection. so our hop special connection. so our hopes and prayers and i said to the speaker, i'll be asking you every five minutes how is steve coming along. and also,
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congressman williams office and matt mica who is a former staffer and of course, as the speaker acknowledged, crivment l greiner and david bailey. house fortunate we all were because they were on the scene because otherwise their lives would have probably been lost. i want us all to remember that every single day the capitol police protects all of us takes risks for us and when a day like this is a day we can focus on it, so sadly, it doesn't mean that other days aren't as challenging. and especially, want to call attention to detective john gibson and officer jacob chest nut-- chestnut in july 19 years ago, lost
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the capitol. not just the members of congress, the staff, the press and our visitors people who come to sees this capitol, this great edifice to democracy, known throughout the world. so they are protecting a great deal. and it is an attraction, and that makes it all the more risky. you may not know this my colleagues but every time i pray, which is very frequently and certainly every sunday, i pray for all of you. all of you together. earlier years i used to pray for your happiness, for fact that we would, working together, heed the words of president kennedy in the closing of his natural ga
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intended we ohave our disagreements, that we would debate them, have confidence in our beliefs and listen to others. in recent years i have been praying not only for that but for our safety. anyone in here i can say that quite clearly, have been probably the target, political target and therefore the target of more threats than anyone, perhaps other than the president of the united states barack obama. and so i pray for barack obama. and now i continue to pray for him and i pray for donald trump. that his presidency will be successful. and that his family will be sa safe. we are called for a purpose to this body. it is a great thing. and we know what it means to each of us
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and we recognize that in others. and we also recognize that you have your constituents, we have ours. and we respect you and your constituents, who sent you here. all worthy of respect. but we do have our differences. and so, i pray, my prayer is that we can resolve our differences in a way that furthers the preamble to the constitution, takes us closer to e pluribus unum. again it is in the family. it is a injury in the family, for the staff and for our colleague and for his leadership. as i mentioned just a minute ago, sports are a wonderful thing in our country. probably one of the most unifiee the same music,
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but sports really bring us together in our cities. you see people have the biggest differences of opinion on politics, and yet, when their team is on the field, people come together. people come together. so when this team was on the field practicing in such a -- with such camaraderie and such brotherhood, i don't know if you have any sisters on your team, we have two on our team. for this person to take this action, was so cowardly. so cowardly. we all learn more about motivation and the rest of that. but it seems particularly sad, although any violent death is sad but particularly sad that at a time when people want us to come together, and we're prepared to come together, tomorrow night, that this assault would be made. but we cannot let that

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