GOP rep says FBI privately told lawmakers 2017 baseball field shooting was 'suicide by cop,' not assassination attempt​


Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), a lawmaker who was at the scene of an attempted massacre of GOP politicians at a baseball field in 2017, revealed that the FBI designated the case “suicide by cop,” a characterization he disputed.

Speaking during a House Intelligence Committee hearing held last Thursday that featured testimony from FBI Director Christopher Wray, Wenstrup criticized the FBI’s findings, noting that other federal law agencies determined the attack was politically motivated. He said that FBI agents privately briefed members of Congress about the shooting on Nov. 16, 2017.

“Much to our shock that day, the FBI concluded that this was a case of the attacker seeking suicide by cop,” Wenstrup said, according to Politico. “Director, you want suicide by cop, you just pull a gun on a cop. It doesn’t take 136 rounds. It takes one bullet. Both the DHS and the [Office of the Director of National Intelligence] published products labeling this attack as a domestic violent extremism event, specifically targeting Republican members of Congress. The FBI did not.”

On June 14, 2017, James Hodgkinson wielded two firearms and attacked members of the congressional Republican baseball team, shooting and seriously injuring Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), Capitol Police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner, congressional staffer Zack Barth, and lobbyist Matt Mika. Wenstrup, a podiatrist and U.S. Army Reservist, was on the baseball field and provided medical aid to Scalise and others injured by the shooter.

Scalise underwent multiple surgeries and weeks of recovery before returning to Congress.

Hodgkinson, 66, died of injuries at the scene after the attack. He was later discovered to be a supporter of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders’ campaign for president with a troubling history of violence and abuse. A behavioral review of Hodgkinson published by the U.S. Secret service noted that he “openly shared his anti-Republican views with friends, family, and others; attended protests; wrote letters to his local paper expressing discontent with economic inequality and taxes,” though he “never