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By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow.com, June 26, 2017 – A former FBI agent couldn’t disagree more with the conclusions of the agency about the motivation of the shooter who targeted Republican lawmakers at a Virginia baseball field earlier this month.

During a recent briefing, the FBI claimed that shooter James Hodgkinson “had no concrete plan to inflict violence” against Republicans, that he may have just “happened upon” the baseball practice the morning of June 14, and that the attack appeared “spontaneous.” The FBI also didn’t believe that the shooter’s photographs of the baseball field or other sites “represented surveillance of intended targets.”

Bruce Rather, who served as an FBI agent for 24 years, confesses he’s disturbed by the agency’s conclusions.

“To me everything that’s been determined about this case makes James Hodgkinson out to be basically a stalker, a hunter, somebody looking to kill somebody,” he tells OneNewsNow. “The last thing I would draw is a conclusion that this was a spur-of-the-moment act by somebody’s who down on their luck.”

Rather argues that different action would have been taken if the people targeted had been Democrats.

“I have no doubt that at least the Secret Service would have had a visit with Hodgkinson had Obama been in office,” he states. “[They] would have talked to him and may have arrested him, but I’ll guarantee he would have had a visit from the Secret Service. He would have been on their list of people who they watch.”

Consequently, says Rather, it’s hard to argue that the FBI hasn’t become politicized.

“Andrew McCabe is now acting as the director of the FBI,” he notes, “and of course it’s been well documented that his wife ran as a Democrat for Congress in Virginia [and] that she was assisted in a huge financial way by the governor of that state, Terry McAuliffe, who has been a Clinton devotee for years.”

Even though Hodgkinson had with him a list containing the names of six members of Congress, an FBI agent said he wouldn’t characterize it as a “hit list.” The names on that list were not released.