During a recent interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Attorney General Loretta Lynch promised that on Monday, the FBI will deliver parts of the transcripts that were recorded when the Orlando shooter called 911 during his shooting spree.
“What we’re not going to do is further proclaim this man’s pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda,” Lynch said. “We are not going to hear him make his assertions of allegiance [to the Islamic State].”
The Washington Post noted that the shooter made several calls while in the club: “The gunman who opened fire inside a nightclub here said he carried out the attack because he wanted ‘Americans to stop bombing his country,’ according to a witness who survived the rampage.”
The Orlando shooter also cited the Boston Marathon bombers according to the Washington Post: “he carried out the shooting to prevent bombings, [echoing] a message the younger Boston attacker had scrawled in a note before he was taken into custody by police.”
Salon reported that: “Everybody who was in the bathroom who survived could hear him talking to 911, saying the reason why he’s doing this is because he wanted America to stop see bombing his country.”
“We see no clear evidence that he was directed externally,” FBI Director James Comey said. “It does appear that at the last minute, he announced allegiance to ISIL. But there is no evidence so far that he was in fact directed by ISIL, and at this stage there’s no direct evidence that he was part of a larger plot.” ISIL is another name for ISIS, or the Islamic State.