Loretta Lynch: References to Islam From Orlando Terrorist 911 Call Removed "To Avoid Revictimizing"


Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced references to Islamic terrorism will be removed from transcripts of 911 calls made by the Orlando terrorist prior to the massacre of the Pulse nightclub.

While acknowledging the terrorist made references to Islam, Loretta Lynch said transcripts of the killer's 911 call will omit the "man's pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups" and "propaganda" in attempt to "avoid revictimizing those who went through this horror."

"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 about the decision to redact.

However, Lynch promised the FBI will release what they believe to be "the substance of his conversations" in an interview on CNN's State of the Union this morning.

DANA BASH, CNN: First, let's start with the news that you're going to deliver tomorrow, these transcripts. Can you give us a teaser of what exactly we're going to learn in these transcripts about the killer?

LORETTA LYNCH, U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL: Well, good morning, Dana, and thank you for having me.

Yes, we are going to be releasing tomorrow more information about this investigation. It's been our goal to get as much information into the public domain as possible, so people can understand, as we do, possibly what motivated this killer, what led him to this place, and also provide us with information.

So, tomorrow, we will be releasing limited transcripts of the calls between the killer and the Orlando P.D. negotiators in the nightclub that night.

BASH: And what will the transcripts tell us?

LYNCH: They will talk about what he told law enforcement on the ground as the events were unfolding.

BASH: And what did he tell them?

LYNCH: You know, as we have said earlier, 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. The reason why we're going to limit these transcripts is to avoid revictimizing those who went through this horror. But it will contain the substance of his conversations. And there were three conversations between this killer and negotiators.

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