(Tony Sifert, Headline USA) A now-deceased official with President Donald Trump’s National Security Council received a report suggesting that the 2017 Las Vegas shooting may not have been the work of a “lone gunman” with no discernible motive, but rather a terrorist attack perpetrated by at least two men with possible ties to ISIS and/or ANTIFA, according to National File.
Testament to how cowed and pathetic American journalists are that no one got to the bottom of Las Vegas shooting
— Darren J. Beattie 🌐 (@DarrenJBeattie) January 3, 2021
The “All Source Assessment,” entitled “Attack on the Route 91 Country Music Festival,” was prepared for Rich Higgins, a Trump campaign advisor and member of the president’s National Security Council who died from COVID-19 on Feb. 23.
While the report suggested that “attack was likely planned as well as logistically and financially coordinated entirely by Stephen Paddock,” it also found that Brian Hodge, the Australian man who claimed to have been staying in the room next to Paddock’s at the Mandalay Bay hotel when the attack took place, “is a reasonably suspicious person of interest and deserves a much greater level of scrutiny.”
Hodge had “possible ties to Islamic organizations and a possible [ISIS] linkage” as well as a “personal profile . . . more befitting of a left wing or Anti-Fascist Action (ANTIFA) affiliate,” the report claimed.
In the aftermath of the shooting, ISIS claimed that Paddock had converted to Islam and committed the massacre on its behalf.
“A soldier of the caliphate attacked a gathering of 22,000 Americans at a concert in the city of Las Vegas, resulting in nearly 60 killed and 600 injured,” ISIS reported in one of its online magazines.
The FBI, however, found no ISIS connection during its investigation.
“We have determined, to this point, no connection with an international terrorist group,” an FBI special agent said in an October 2017 statement.
According to CNN, the FBI closed its investigation into the mass shooting in January 2019 “without finding a clear motive for Paddock’s actions.”