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Partial transcripts in Orlando shooting to be released to the public

Partial transcripts in Orlando shooting to be released to the public


The United States Justice Department is set to release on Monday partial transcripts of telephone conversations between the Orlando gunman, Omar Mateen and police negotiators.

This comes a week after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

“We’re focused on learning as much as we can about the killer’s motivations, about his actions, about his thoughts in the days and weeks and even months leading up to this attack,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

The transcripts will include three calls between the gunman and negotiators who spoke with him as the massacre was unfolding.

According to the Attorney General, the transcripts will not have all the information including the shooter’s pledge of allegiance to ISIS.

“Well, what we’re not going to do is further proclaim this individual’s pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups and further his propaganda. 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 also said.

The Attorney General also said the transcripts would not include portions of the calls that would risk “revictimizing” those affected by the shooting.

Lynch is expected to travel to Orlando on Tuesday to get an on-the-ground perspective on the investigation.

29-year-old Mateen stormed into the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12 and killed 49 people before being shot by the police.