- Sputnik International
Get the latest news from around the world, live coverage, off-beat stories, features and analysis.

White House Not Involved in Orlando 911 Transcript Redactions

© AFP 2023 / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKIA view of the White House in Washington, DC.
A view of the White House in Washington, DC. - Sputnik International
The White House was not involved in the decision to redact the transcripts of 911 calls of an Orlando gunman last week.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The White House was not involved in the decision to redact the transcripts of 911 calls made by gunman Omar Mateen during last week’s deadly shooting in Orlando, Florida, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said during a press briefing on Monday.

"All of the decisions about releasing the transcripts were made by Department of Justice officials," Earnest stated when asked about the redactions.

A police vehicle outside the Pulse nightclub, the scene of a mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016 - Sputnik International
Florida Attorney Suspended for Comments Made After Orlando Shooting
Earlier on Monday, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released partial transcripts of the phone calls with references to the Daesh terror group omitted.

Mateen called 911 during the June 12 attack and pledged his allegiance to the terrorist group, which is outlawed in the United States, Russia and many other nations.

Earlier in the day, the FBI’s Tampa Field Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Ron Hopper said the bureau will not include terrorists’ names in future transcripts in order to deter future attacks.

During a press briefing in Orlando on Monday, FBI officials said there was no evidence Mateen was directed by foreign terrorists, and was likely radicalized in the United States.

To participate in the discussion
log in or register
Заголовок открываемого материала