Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) was one of six Republican members of Congress–all of whom belong to the conservative House Freedom Caucus–who were on a handwritten list found in the van of James Hodgkinson, the man who shot Rep. Steven Scalise, two staffers, a lobbyist, and two Capitol Hill policemen at a Republican Congressional baseball team practice in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday morning.
Hodgkinson was killed in an exchange of gunfire with Capitol Hill Police Wednesday morning. They were at the practice as part of Rep. Scalise’s security detail since as Republican Majority Whip he is part of the House leadership team. Scalise remains in critical condition, though doctors said Friday his condition has improved. A lobbyist for Tyson’s Food who was shot in the chest by Hodgkinson also remains in critical condition.
Chad Pergram of Fox News first reported that DesJarlais’ name was on the list late Friday night in this tweet:
Hse GOP names on Hodgkinson list written in pen found in van: DesJarlais, Franks, DuncanSC, Jordan, BrooksAL, Griffith
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 16, 2017
The Daily Caller first broke the story late Friday:
James T. Hodgkinson, the shooter who opened fire on dozens of Republican congressmen and staffers at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday, had a list of Republican names in his pocket that was recovered by the FBI, The Daily Caller has learned.
The news that the shooter had a list of names suggests the shooting was not a random outburst, but instead appears to be a premeditated political assassination.
The list was written out on notepad paper and found in the shooter’s pocket, according to multiple sources with intimate knowledge of the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the investigation. The list of names included Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan and Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, TheDC has confirmed. Fox News reported after this story that Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais and Virginia Rep. Morgan Griffith are also on the list. All six congressmen are members of the House Freedom Caucus, which contains the lower chamber’s most conservative members.
The FBI has contacted the congressmen to inform them of their inclusion on the list. Rep. Franks confirmed to Fox News that law enforcement officials have told him he is on the list.
The Tennessee Star has contacted Rep. DesJarlais for comment, but has not received a response.