Limited Transcripts of Police Calls With Orlando, Fla., Shooter to Be Released, Lynch Says

Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks during a Medal of Valor ceremony at the White House on May 16, 2016.
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Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Sunday that limited transcripts from three phone calls authorities had with Orlando, Fla., mass shooter Omar Mateen will be released Monday, CNN reports.

"They will talk about what he told law enforcement on the ground as the events were unfolding," Lynch said on the network's State of the Union.


"He talked about his pledges of allegiance to a terrorist group. He talked about his motivations for why he was claiming at that time he was committing this horrific act. He talked about American policy in some ways," Lynch added.

The attorney general explained that the transcripts were going to be limited in order to "avoid revictimizing" those who went through the attack, but added that the transcripts would "contain the substance of his conversations."

FBI Director James Comey said that the three calls with Mateen proved to add to the confusion as to his motives, since Mateen pledged loyalty to the Islamic State group while also pledging solidarity to other terror attacks that were not inspired by the extremist terrorist group.

"During calls, he said he was doing this for [the] leader of [the Islamic State] who he named and pledged loyalty to," Comey said, according to CNN. "But he also claimed to pledge solidarity with the perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombing and solidarity with a Florida man who died as a suicide bomber in Syria for al-Nusra Front, a group in conflict with the so-called Islamic State. The bombers at the Boston Marathon and the suicide bomber from Florida were not inspired by [the Islamic State] which adds a little bit to the confusion about his motives."


According to the network, Lynch is scheduled to travel to Orlando Tuesday to meet with victims and families of the victims of the shooting, as well as with first responders, federal prosecutors and other community members. While there, she will receive a briefing from authorities about the investigation into the massacre.

"We investigate these cases aggressively; no stone is left unturned," she added, saying that political correctness is not getting in the way of investigations. Lynch added that retaining contacts within the Muslim community is important because "if they're from that community and they're being radicalized, their friends and family members will see it first.


"There is no backing away from an issue; there is no backing away from an interview because of anyone's background. Because for us, the source of information is very, very important," she said.

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