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Loretta Lynch: Orlando Gunman's Call Transcripts Will Omit ISIS Pledge

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By    |   Monday, 20 Jun 2016 08:40 AM

The FBI's expected release Monday of a partial transcript of the conversations between the Orlando, Fla., gunman and hostage negotiators will be scrubbed of references to his pledge of allegiance to ISIS.

In an interview Sunday on ABC's "This Week," Attorney General Loretta Lynch described the redacted release of shooter Omar Mateen's conversations as "a partial transcript of the calls between the killer and the hostage negotiators so people can, in fact, see the type of interaction that was had there."

"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 in another interview with NBC News' "Meet The Press." "We are not going to hear him make his assertions of allegiance [to the Islamic State]."

The Washington Post reported last week the gunman made multiple phone calls while holding hostages: "The gunman who opened fire inside a nightclub here said he carried out the attack because he wanted 'Americans to stop bombing his country,' according to a witness who survived the rampage."

Mateen had even called a local news station and said: "I did it for ISIS" and "I did it for the Islamic State."

"We are trying not to revictimize those who went through that horror," Lynch told "This Week." "But again we're trying to get as much information about this investigation out as possible, and we want people to provide information they have to us."

But the Daily Caller called out the redaction as "yet another Obama administration refusal to call out radical Islamic terrorism."

Last Tuesday, President Barack Obama described use of the phrase "radical Islam" as a "political distraction."

"Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away," he said, adding that ISIS fighters are "not religious warriors. They are thugs, and they are thieves."

Lynch told ABC's "This Week" the top goal is to build a complete profile of Mateen in order to help prevent another massacre like Orlando.

"As you can see from this investigation, we are going back and learning everything we can about this killer, about his contacts, people who may have known him or seen him. And we're trying to build that profile so that we can move forward," she said, adding she'd be traveling to Orlando on Tuesday to meet with investigators.

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