Lynch: Transcripts of Orlando Killer's Talks With Negotiators Will Omit References to Islamic Terrorism

June 19, 2016

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Sunday that published transcripts of conversations between the Orlando nightclub shooter and negotiators would omit his pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist group.

In an interview on Meet The Press, Lynch said the FBI would be releasing a "partial transcript" of Omar Mateen's calls to law enforcement while inside the Orlando gay nightclub where he murdered 49 people, the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001.

Mateen reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS in a 911 call shortly after he began his rampage.

"It will be primarily a partial transcript of his calls with the hostage negotiators," Lynch said.

"You say partial," host Chuck Todd said. "What's being left out?"

"What we're not going to do is further proclaim this individual's pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups and further his propaganda," Lynch said.

"So we're not going to hear him talk about those things," Todd said.

"We will hear him talk about some of those things, but we're not going to hear him make his assertions of allegiance and that," she said. "This will not be audio. This will be a printed transcript, but it will begin to capture the back-and-forth between him and the negotiators.

"We're trying to get as much information about this investigation out as possible. As you know, because the killer is dead, we have a bit more leeway there, and so we will be producing that information tomorrow."