U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan called on the Obama administration Monday to “release the full, unredacted transcript” of the Orlando massacre gunman’s 911 calls, slamming the Justice Department’s censoring of all references to Islam as “preposterous.”
“Selectively editing this transcript is preposterous. We know the shooter was a radical Islamist extremist inspired by ISIS. We also know he intentionally targeted the LGBT community,” Ryan said in a statement.
“The administration should release the full, unredacted transcript so the public is clear-eyed about who did this and why,” Ryan said.
Omar Mateen is known from prior FBI statements to have pledged allegiance to the ISIS chief and expressed solidarity with other terrorists, but those references were deleted from Monday’s release.
“The administration hasn’t shared the full transcript with Congress,” a spokesman for Ryan said.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Ronald Hopper defended the deletions.
Hopper said if the full, unedited transcript of the conversations Orlando shooter Omar Mateen had with the police were released, it would “only inflame other people here that might be like-minded.”
Here is an example of the redacted transcript: