White House press secretary Sean Spicer declined to comment Monday on the far-left political leanings of the man who police say shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others at a congressional Republican baseball practice last week.
Asked what the president thinks of James Hodgkinson's reported political views and support of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential race, Spicer cited the ongoing investigation. He also declined to say whether the president believes the divisive political climate may have played a role.
"It would be inappropriate to comment on an ongoing investigation," Spicer said during an off-camera press gaggle with reporters.
Hodgkinson was killed in a shootout with police.
The FBI has said it is investigating Hodgkinson's activities and social media postings in the months leading up the attack.
In one reported Facebook post, Hodgkinson said: "Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co."
He also posted online that "Trump is Guilty & Should Go to Prison for Treason."
Scalise remains hospitalized. Others injured included Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner, Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika, Rep. Roger Williams' aide Zack Barth and Capitol Police Special Agent David Bailey.