The FBI spent 10 months investigating Omar Mateen in 2013 and 2014. They secretly recorded his conversations and monitored his Internet communications. After he had claimed to co-workers that he had “family connections to al-Qaida” and made “inflammatory” statements that raised concerns about possible ties to terrorism, FBI Director James Comey said today.
The FBI closed out that probe in May 2014 after Mateen, during the course of two FBI interviews, told agents he had made those statements “in anger” because he thought his co-workers were discriminating against him and were “teasing him because he was a Muslim,” Comey said.
Comey revealed those details as well as evidence uncovered during a second aborted FBI probe of Mateen that took place just a few months later. He told reporters that the FBI’s investigation has uncovered “strong indications” that Mateen had become radicalized and potentially inspired by foreign terrorist groups.
But, he added, “so far, we see no indication that this was a plot directed from outside the United States and we see no indication he was part of a network.”
Rick Scott blamed ISIS.
Pam Bondi blamed the Feds
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Noor Salmon, the shooter’s wife, has been cooperating with the FBI. She told Federal investigators that she tried to stop her husband from committing the attack. Salman could face possible charges in his attack. She told investigators that she drove him to the Pulse nightclub at least once to check it out and that she was with him when he purchased ammunition.
Omar Mateen's wife said she had tried to talk him out of waging an attack, a senior law enforcement official said https://t.co/QizrHfUCTQ
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