Attorney General Loretta Lynch will go to Orlando this week to get an on-the-ground briefing as the investigation into last weekend’s terrorist attack at a gay nightclub continues.
She also plans to meet with victims, their families and first responders during her visit to the site of the massacre by Omar Mateen, which left 49 people dead.
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“I think what’s important is to continue to keep our focus on the victims of this tragic crime as well,” Lynch said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “One of the things I’ll do in Orlando on Tuesday is meeting with victims, talking about the support we’ll be providing them as well. Because this is a community, the LGBT and Latino community, that has come under fire before, but never in as horrific manner as this.”
Lynch also said the Department of Justice will release portions of the Orlando shooter’s calls to 911 during the shooting. She said the gunman’s pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State will not be included in that release, but the transcripts will shed light on his motivations for carrying out the attack.
In a wave of appearances across the Sunday morning political talk shows, Lynch defended the FBI’s previous interactions with Orlando shooter Loretta Lynch and explained why a tip from a Florida gun shop owner that a person, who later turned out to be the shooter, had acted suspiciously inside the store did not yield a more thorough investigation.
She told CNN’s “State of the Union” that because the shooter had not made a purchase inside that gun store, no identifying information had been collected.