WASHINGTON » The federal government will release partial transcripts of Orlando, Fla., gunman shooter Omar Mateen’s talks with police negotiators as he killed 49 people in a gay nightclub, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said today.
The “limited transcript,” to be released Monday, will reveal what Mateen told negotiators as events unfolded inside the Pulse nightclub early June 12, Lynch said.
“He talked about his pledges of allegiance to a terrorist group,” Lynch said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “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 said the transcripts will be limited “to avoid re-victimizing those who went through this horror. But it will contain the substance” of three conversations between Mateen and negotiators, she said.
Mateen didn’t discuss his views about gay people, she said: “He didn’t get into that. And so we’re still exploring why he chose this particular place to attack. We’re asking people who have information to come forward. People have. We greatly appreciate that.”
The attack by Mateen, 29, a New York-born Muslim-American and the son of Afghan immigrants, has become a political issue. Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican candidate for president, has cited the killing as justification for his proposed ban on Muslim immigration to the U.S., and Sunday he said the U.S. needs to “look at profiling” as well.
Democrats called for tougher gun control laws after the killings, as they have after other mass shootings.
(Ben Brody contributed to this report.)
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