- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 19, 2016

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Sunday that the FBI plans to make public parts of the transcripts of telephone conversations between the Orlando shooter and police, hoping the information will help explain the killer’s motivation.

“Our goal is to put as much information into the public domain as possible so people can understand as we do what possibly motivated this killer, what led him to this place and also provide us with information,” Ms. Lynch said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The transcripts will be released Monday, said the country’s top law enforcement official.

Orlando shooter Omar Mateen had three conversations with police negotiators during the June 12 attack at a gay nightclub that killed 49 people in the deadliest terrorist attack since 9/11, said Ms. Lynch.

“He talked about his pledges of allegiance to a terrorist group. He talked about his motivations for why he was claiming at that time he was committing this horrific act. He talked about American policy in some ways,” she said.



Echoing remarks by President Obama, she characterized the attack as an act of terrorism and of hate. But she said the attacker did not mention homosexuals or transgender people in the conversations.

“As we know, he was in a gay nightclub. This was an act of terror and an act of hate targeted against a community — the LGBT community, the Latino community,” said Ms. Lynch. “And, of course, the LGBT community is far too often the victim of these types of crimes.”

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