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from belleville, bellville illinois, 66 years old, left a trail on his social media pages including facebook. there were some eanlt-trump postings on his facebook page. a few of them: trump is a traitor, he has destroyed our democracy. quote, it's time to destroy trump and co, i suspect he meant company there. and so those are two of the postings that we have. those were posted in march. he also called republicans, quote, clowns.so for those who think -- and senator rand paul mentioned this -- maybe this is politically motivated, this is the type of information that suggests that perhaps it was. it's still early, the fbi is leading this investigation and they're still searching for a
motive officially. but as we heard from fbi officials e-officials earlier today, they feel they have a pretty good handle on this investigation. it is uncheer 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 these suspects, it was suggesting that yes he was following politics certainly in washington. he had put on his social media pages antitrump postings, several. what i read to you was just a sampling so. this is information that investigators will look to, as they try to put together pieces, pieces of this pulls. puzzle. there is more information to
gather, specifically i've said before. why was he in washington, d.c, in this area alexandria, at that moment? were there any threats from this man to members of congress? that is something that capitol hill police would have investigated. was he on their radar? so these are all questions that investigators are looking at and we're looking at too. >> thank you jeff. as you know also in a whirl of social media, people do leave a trail. we have this footnote to what you said earlier. they have announced that the game will continue, and will be held. >> i think a lot of people, agreed with that decision. to show, this is a unifying moment. certainly the time that is as acrimonious as the time is, everybody seems to be on the same page as that. america is a great country and we will continue. nancy cordes is on capitol hill.
we are moments away from hearing from house speaker paul ryan and opposition party leader nancy pelosi. nancy coarpd cordes. >> he says the congressional baseball game is on. we will play for charity but also for the victims and the heroic officers who took down the shooter. so there were many members who felt that it was symbolically important that this game take place as planned, so that members of congress could show that they were not daunted by this act. a violence, that show respect for the people that were injured. we are awaiting paul ryan to speak on the house floor so in the meantime, bernie sanders is speaking on the that the staff.
>> congressional staff and congress members who were wounded, i want to thank capital police for their heroic action to prevent further harm. thank you, madam president. >> a brief comment from bernie sanders on the that the flee.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 onto 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. they all just received a briefing from the house sergeant at arms about security at the
capitol in the wake of today's happenings. now they're coming together to hear what their leaders have to say. we all know that paul ryan who sleeps most nights at the capitol as many members do, was in the gym, when he heard about the shooting. the people he knows and cares about very deeply, steve scalise, it's a tight-knit team. here you see house members streaming out from that briefing and making their way to the house floor. >> nancy pelosi -- nancy cordes. thank you. we are waiting to hear from nancy pelosi. the police officers, thick e-think about them for just a second. here you are at a baseball diamond, clearly a soft target. they're not even on alert. i'm curious to hear what they were doing when the shots rang out. >> they have to be on alert at
all times -- >> i don't know jeff, we're there watching steve scalise, it's different if you are an officer and this is a dangerous situation, i think you have a different kind of stance about you. are you looking around, are you scanning the crowd? i don't think that's the case at 6:30 to 7:30 this morning. >> it is a target much softer than one would think other targets would be. it is 7:09 a.m. >> paul ryan prepared to talk to members of congress who are anxious to hear as much as they can and understand the implications of what happened this morning in alexandria, virginia. following him is nancy pelosi. she is the former speaker of the house, now a ranking minority member. >> there's unity there, at least them walking together, paul ryan and nancy pelosi to potentially make this statement together.
as jeff pegues pointed out on the suspect's home page the anti-trump anti-president messages, also indications in social media of the pro-bernie sanders messages. you saw bernie sanders speaking there, we saw bernie sanders tweet saying the violence has to stop. >> nancy cordes we're going to go back to you on capitol hill. you're hearing that members of congress had been worried about security, true? >> yes, reuben gallego just came out a few minutes ago and told us members have been getting a lot of death threats in that meeting and they asked in that meeting about the possibility of using campaign funds to take for security. so this is clearly a widespread concern and had been before this morning's incident. we have heard a thumb of lawmakers today say that they are shake.up, that they are concerned about their personal safety when they walk around, that they're more concerned than they were just a few hours ago. and a number of them have also
expressed deep concern about the political atmosphere in this country. and political rhetoric. and the way that it can spin people up, pit people against each other and in some cases obviously pit people against their members of congress, gayle. >> hearing that from both sides of the aisle? >> reuben gallegos, there have been people whose windows in their home district have been smashed by rocks, and in a sense, it is something that they take as part of the territory. they try to go about their daily lives. they know they will get death threats the same way that many people in the public eye get death threats. they try not to take it that seriously most of the time, assume that it's all talk and not necessarily any action. but clearly sometimes it is
action. and they don't know when those times will be. and i think it's notable that someone like gallego, a long time member of congress, his colleagues are asking if they can pay for security out of their own campaign funds. aside from scalise, these members of congress do not have any security detail whatsoever. you see them all over the capitol and in washington, d.c, they are in many ways ordinary citizens without any protection. yet they are highly visible citizens and there are a lot of people who have strong feelings about the policies they back and the policies they oppose. just look at any member of congress twitter feed and you can see how angry people can get to the things that they say and the issues that they support. you don't suspect that that is
going to translate 52 violence but in some situations it does and now members are asking what more can be done to protect th them. >> rose: you saw they were particularly raucous town meetings not about threats otheir lives but clearly the level in combativeness was more apparent than ever. >> right. and i've been at some of those town halls where you can tell that the member of congress is up on stage making a calculation about are these people yelling at me simply angry and frustrated and getting their feelings out or is there more to it, is it a more sinister intent about the anger they're showing to members of congress? there are situations when members had to be hustled out by security, had to be taken out by a back door worried that the crowd was becoming too hit up.
that passion translates to a lot of influence in this country whether it's on the right or the left. people know that showing strong beliefs and getting large crowds together is the way that you influence your member of congress. so it can be very difficult for a member or their staff to know the difference between people who are simply exercising their first amendment rights and want to make sure that their representative knows how strongly they feel about a given issue and someone who has a more menacing intent. >> rose: we saw things about locker-up and crude political language that we've heard even though there's a lock history of political attacks in american politics. and founding fathers. we did see expressions we had not heard before. this has been a season of course political rhetoric. >> we all sees this vitriol
online. a lot of it is cowardly but when it manifests itself in other ways, we don't know exactly what they are thinking, there may be a limit to the amount we do find out because the suspect is now dead. but just anecdotally, everybody seize that politics is heated. >> you always expect the passion, the acrimony, the anger but you don't expect to be in danger when you are practicing for a baseball game between 6:30 and 7:30 in the morning in a suburb of washington, d.c. you don't expect that. >> as garrett points out about the most pastoral scene that one can expect, a baseball field, one that is a scene of gun fire. we do have a new photo of the suspect out up on the screen right now. this shows james t. hodgkinson, taking part in a protest outside
the post office. congress for 70 years, he's protesting the 1% essentially in this picture, but -- >> that was in illinois jeff back in 2012. >> he has his shades on as he did in the picture. but something somehow drove james hodgkinson who would appear from this picture has been politically active for a good number of years to approach this baseball field and perform the unspeakable this morning. >> rose: remind the audience at home we're waiting to hear the speaker of the house and nancy pelosi, the former speaker of the house, they should be addressing and speaking to members of congress in just a few minutes. >> this is a restaurant manager charles olear, who campaigned for bernie sanders in iowa, he describes him as a quiet guy, very reserved, he remembers when
he stayed overnight at a sanders supporter home, he was a union tradesman pretty stocky and they stayed up all night talking politics. very passionate man he was. >> very unusual how they describe him as reserved and he's not. >> rose: triggers him from going from those pent up feelings to doing something violent. >> we should mention again, we are still waiting to get a lot of information. there is a lot we don't know about james t. hodgkinson right now. kris neges is with our affiliate knov outside the gunman's house in bellville, il90. what can you tell us? >> good morning, jeff, gayle and charlie. it is a well kept home. when we arrived there was nobody here. it is a private street, it is in a rural area just outside the
city center. neighbors told us they have not seen hodgkinson in months. they tell us they feel sorry for his wife. she is going to bear the brunt of this. she still lives in the house. >> rose: the speaker of the house is about to talk. here it is. >> we ask your blessing on our brother representative steve scalise. the two officers and the staffer who have been shot. police 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. but once again, we are reminded that there is a vulnerability that comes with that openness. may we all be vigilant in being good citizens, neighbors, and defenders of our way of life, 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 respond to the crises that befall us. especially the capital police and all first responders, may their heroism and generosity of spirit be an inspiration to us all and may they be assured of our appreciation of their service. and in this great silence, as we are gathered most dramatically, as this assembly, the people's house, may republicans and democrats be mindful of the rare companionship they share men and women who have taken very public
responsibility for our country that carries so many burdens, and today, the reminder, shared danger. may this day be characterized by kindness, goodwill, 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 has examined the adjourn of the last day's proceedings, the journal stands approved. the chair will lead the house in the pledge of allegiance and invites the members of the gallery to join. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america.
and to the republic, for which it stands, one nation, undergod, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. >> for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition. >> address the house for one minute. >> the gentleman is 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 protect this capital. we are all praying for those who are attacked and for their families. steve scalise, zachary barth, matt mica, special agent david bailey, special agent crystal greiner, we are giving special thoughts for those who are being treated or the their injuries at this moment. and: we are united. we are united in our shock. we are united in our an quis an. an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us! (applause)
bailey around special agent greiner this morning. one was being treated and one was about to go into surgery. i splessed our profound gratitude to them. it is clear to me, based on various eyewitness accounts, that without these two heroes, agent bailey and agent greiner, many lives would have been lost. (applause) >> i know that we all want to learn as much as we can about what happened. we just all received a briefing from the sergeant of arms. i've complete confidence in the investigation that's being conducted, by the capitol police, the fbi who are also working with local law enforcement. i know we want to extend our
gratitude for the outpouring of support that we've 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's not going to be able to play in the baseball game. i also know that steve wants all of us to commend the bravery of those who came to the aid of the wounded. in the coming days we will hear their stories and we will have the chance to hold up their heroism. my colleagues, there are so many memories from this day that we will want to forget. and there are 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. you know, every day we come here, to test and to challenge each other. we feel so deeply about the things that we fight for and the
things that we believe in. at times our emotions can clearly get the best of us. we're all imperfect. but we do not shed our humidityy when we enter this chamber. for all the noise and all the fury, we are one family. 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 humanity, it is
something i hav you have never d before. i identify my remarks with that of the speaker. thank you so much for the sentiment they represent. (applause) >> again, we are not one caucus or the other this this house today. that we speak for each other in saying that we send our thoughts and prayers to our colleague, steve scalise. personally, we have our italian american connection. so as soon as i heard his name, i was filled with concern, as i would be for anyone here. but we have that 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, for zack barth and
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 their lives protecting
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 gahis inauguraladdress, that ass
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 to serve.
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, plays, whatever,
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 b