FBI says congressional baseball shooting would be 'domestic terrorism' if it happened today

FBI says congressional baseball shooting would be 'domestic terrorism' if it happened today


The FBI now says that the 2017 Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field shooting that nearly killed Rep. Steve Scalise would have been classified as “domestic terrorism” if it happened today.

Last week, Republican congressmen criticized the decision by the FBI, led in an acting capacity at the time by Andrew McCabe, not to label the shooting by James Hodgkinson as domestic terrorism despite his targeting of elected Republican leaders as they practiced for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, calling upon FBI Director Christopher Wray, who has led the bureau since August 2017, to provide answers.

During a Thursday hearing in front of a House appropriations subcommittee, Jill Sanborn, the executive assistant director of the FBI’s National Security Branch, acknowledged it was an intentional attack on lawmakers and that, if it happened today, Wray’s FBI would consider it to be domestic terrorism.

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Rep. Robert Aderholt argued Thursday that “the shooter was a deranged shooter of Bernie

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