Wife: Man who shot congressman wanted to work on tax policy

Now more about what we've learned about the man who fired on a congressional baseball practice yesterday.

Law enforcement investigate outside the home of James T. Hodgkinson on Wednesday in Belleville. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.

HANSI LO WANG, BYLINE: Hey, Ari.

Euille said he spoke to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday about his encounters with the shooter. What did she say?

"He would just sit and stare at the Golf Channel", she said.

"I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw this myself in the late 70s in San Francisco", said the then-speaker of the House, referencing the infamous assassination of a city councilman and mayor in the city.

"I didn't like him from the beginning", she said.

WANG: She got a lot of questions from reporters. And she said she had no idea what exactly he was doing while he was gone. The Democrats, who won the game, said they wanted the trophy from the baseball game to be displayed in wounded Congressman Steve Scalise's office until the congressman returned from the hospital.




"I'm sorry that he did this but there's nothing I can do about it", she said. And she wouldn't go into anything about his politics but did add this detail that he sold everything he owned from his businesses.

The FBI, ATF, U.S. Capitol Police and Alexandria Police said Thursday that said the shooter's weapons were a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62 caliber rifle, which he appears to have purchased legally. "Without them, I worry that the situation would have been far worse". The FBI has also found a cell phone, computer and a camera in a white van that they say he's been living - he had been living in since March. And that vehicle was parked across from the scene of the shooting.

SHAPIRO: What have you heard in Belleville from people who knew Hodgkinson?

WANG: Well, at this point, you know, it's important to stress that we do not know exactly the shooter's motive. He's faced a charge of battery, for example, but that was later dropped.

The FBI said authorities are speaking with people who knew Hodgkinson or who may have encountered him. And she was shocked by the news, says it was totally unexpected. Here's what she said.

"I think that the comments made by my Republican colleagues are outrageous, beneath the dignity of the job that they hold, beneath the dignity and the respect that we would like Congress to command", Pelosi told reporters Thursday. And people are pretty good around here.

CORNISH: Are they saying anything about the town's connection to the shooting itself? It's lots of farmland, acres of corn and soybean fields. He said he was concerned about all Americans' safety from gun violence, not just politicians: "This is not what today is about, but we have too many guns on the street". And even for a party that believes deeply in opposing Trump, the shootings are spurring reflection about how its leaders talk about the president - and whether they need to be more careful with their words. He also didn't care much for his presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton, stating in one post during the 2016 election that "a vote for Clinton was a vote for Trump".

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