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Rep. Pete King: Obama 'Cannot Confront the Reality of Islamist Terrorism'

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By    |   Tuesday, 21 Jun 2016 02:23 PM

The Obama administration's initial decision to first release a censored version, and then an uncensored version, of the transcript of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen's 911 call, was consistent with its refusal to acknowledge Islamist extremism, Rep. Pete King said Tuesday.

"Somehow they are trying to lump it with other violence, gun incidents, other shooting incidents, but this is different," the New York Republican, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee who chairs the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, told Fox News' Bill Hemmer on the "America's Newsroom" program. "This is different. ISIS is different. Islamic terrorism is different and the president doesn't want to acknowledge that whether or not the FBI did it on their own. The pressure comes from the top."

Meanwhile, "80-90 percent of the country thinks it's crazy not to talk about Islamist terrorism and identify the enemy," said King. "When we're facing an organized enemy like ISIS [that] comes from Islam and he is afraid to talk about that, somehow [he] would much rather talk about guns in the abstract."

Initially, the FBI released the transcript of calls made the night of the shooting but edited out Mateen's pledges of loyalty to ISIS for fears that the mention would inspire other attacks or give the terror organization propaganda fodder. King said leaving out the wording would do just the opposite.

"They think we're afraid to mention it," said King. "They think we're afraid to confront reality. If we want Muslim community to cooperate with us, we should be honest and let them know this is Islamist terrorism. If we want American people to stay committed in the fight, it is important they know that it is Islamist terrorism.

The attacks took place in the Pulse nightclub, a gay hotspot in Orlando, just over a week ago, but King said Tuesday he does not believe the victims' sexual orientation was a major factor, and pointed out that Mateen does not mention that as a reason in his 911 call.

"To me, this was an attack on America," King said. "The gay community was horribly treated, no doubt about it ... no, they're after all of us. It is gays today, it could be Catholics or Jews tomorrow or women tomorrow. The evidence is there. Get it out."

And while King said he trusts FBI Director James Comey and has had good experiences with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, he does not trust President Barack Obama on the terrorism issue, as he "cannot confront the reality of Islamist terrorism."

He also said he thinks Obama is holding the FBI back.

"Based on agents I have spoken to, they don't feel support coming from the commander in chief and they feel if something goes wrong in an investigation, if they go too far, if they're accused of spying or they are accused of profiling that could be end of their career," said King.

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The Obama administration's initial decision to first release a censored version, and then an uncensored version, of the transcript of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen's 911 call, was consistent with its refusal to acknowledge Islamist extremism, Rep. Pete King said Tuesday.
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