The Justice Department buckled under the pressure after previously announcing that they were only going to release an edited transcript of the Orlando shooter’s 911 call. Republicans leader immediately expressed outraged and demanded the uncensored version be released.
The version originally released omitted the word “Islamic State” and the name of ISIS leader “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.” Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, spoke to a 911 dispatcher for 50 seconds in which he claimed responsibility for the massacre and declared his loyalty to Islamic State’s leader. He made the call a half hour into the attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
“I pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may God protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of the Islamic State,” Mateen says on the uncensored transcript.
Originally it read: “I pledge allegiance to [omitted] may God protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of [omitted].”
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., criticized the DOJ’s original plan to release an edited version “preposterous.”
“We know the shooter was a radical Islamist extremist inspired by ISIS,” Ryan said in a statement. “We also know he intentionally targeted the LGBT community. The administration should release the full, unredacted transcript so the public is clear-eyed about who did this, and why.”
Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott also spoke out against the edited version.
“This is evil, this is ISIS. It’s radical Islam,” Scott told Fox News earlier Monday. “At some point, we lost 49 lives here and we lost a journalist who was beheaded by ISIS. We need a president that’s going to say I care about destroying ISIS.”