Rep. Brad Wenstrup, (R-OH) revealed during a House Intelligence Committee hearing last week that the FBI concluded the 2017 mass shooting at a congressional baseball game was a "suicide by cop" attempt by the shooter - a determination that now seems contradicted by the mass of evidence.
The 66-year-old shooter, who was killed at the scene in 2017, wrote numerous letters to the Bellville News-Democrat (BND), in which he "often railed against Republicans and tax policies," according to BND. A collection of those letters were published after the shooting.
"I have never said ‘life sucks,' only the policies of the Republicans," he wrote on Aug. 28, 2012.
"There's a new version of what GOP stands for," he wrote on Dec. 28 2011. "It's not the Grand Old Party anymore. It's the Greedy One Percenters."
"Let's vote all Republicans out of Congress, and get this country back on track," he wrote on July 8, 2012.
"I could afford $3.50 for a bottle of catsup," he wrote in 2008. "I just can't afford $3.50 for a gallon of gas."
Before the shooting, witnesses said the shooter asked whether the people on the field were Republicans or Democrats. During the 10-minute gunbattle, the shooter had a reportedly "overwhelming supply of ammunition," according to Fox News, as he tried to fight off responding officers.