The man suspected of opening fire on Republican members of the congressional baseball team early Wednesday morning was distraught over the election of President Trump and traveled to Washington in recent weeks to protest, his brother said on Wednesday.The suspect, James Thomas Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill., died in a Washington hospital after a shootout with the police.“I know he wasn’t happy with the way things were going, the election results and stuff,” his brother, Michael Hodgkinson, said in a telephone interview shortly after he received the news on Wednesday. He added that he was not close to his brother and had not been aware why he remained in Washington.“Totally out of the blue,” he added, saying that his brother was engaged in politics but otherwise led a normal life.
I expect conservative commentators to be their usual restrained and thoughtful selves in how they interpret the information we’re getting on Hodgkinson.
* Pete Williams and Jon Schuppe report that Hodgkinson had had run-ins with the police before.
* Tom LoBianco and Jeremy Herb report that special counsel Robert Mueller met today with the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, presumably to coordinate their efforts in some fashion. Which means the Russia probes continue to advance.
* Juliet Eilperin reports that the Trump administration just delayed a rule reducing methane emissions, because hey, the only thing better than doing nothing to stop global warming is to actually encourage it.
* And Heather Digby Parton argues that if Trump fires Mueller, we shouldn’t be surprised if Republicans line up to defend him.