After outcry from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, as well as political commentators, the FBI has reversed course and released the full transcript of the 911 phone call between police and the Orlando terrorist, Omar Mateen.
Speaker Ryan said Monday: “Selectively editing this transcript is preposterous. We know the shooter was a radical Islamist extremist inspired by ISIS.” (RELATED: Ryan: Obama Admin ‘Selectively Editing’ Orlando Terrorist Transcript ‘Is Preposterous’)
During a press conference on Monday, Special Agent in Charge Ron Hopper said that the FBI would not release a full transcript, claiming, “We’re not going to propagate violent rhetoric that comes from other people, whether they be here or overseas, and to do that would only inflame other people here that might be like-minded.” (RELATED: FBI On Orlando Terrorist Attack: Unedited Transcript ‘Might Inflame Other People’ [VIDEO])
However, later in the day, the DOJ and the FBI released the full transcript of the 911 call in order to provide the “highest level of transparency.”
OD: Emergency 911, this is being recorded.
OM: In the name of God the Merciful, the beneficent [Arabic]
OM: Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God [Arabic]. I wanna let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.
OD: What’s your name?
OM: My name is I pledge of allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State.
OD: Ok, What’s your name?
OM: I pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may God protect him [Arabic], on behalf of the Islamic State.
OD: Alright, where are you at?
OM: In Orlando.
OD: Where in Orlando?
[End of call.]
While making the rounds on the Sunday TV shows, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that they would only be releasing partial transcripts and that the “pledges of allegiance” to ISIS would be omitted. (RELATED: Lynch: Feds Will Censor Orlando Terrorist Call Transcripts To Omit ISIS Pledges)
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On June 12, Mateen attacked a gay night club in Orlando, Florida.