Senate Committee requests F.B.I ‘s records Of Omar Mateen Investigation
A new Senate letter says Orlando gunman Omar Mateen made a series of Facebook posts before and during Sunday’s attack, including blasting the "filthy ways of the West" and blaming the United States for the deaths of "innocent women and children."
The letter, from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, says Mateen in one post pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State. Another said "America and Russia stop bombing the Islamic State." According to the letter, he also searched that morning for "Pulse Orlando" and "Shooting."
A Senate committee is asking the FBI to turn over its files on Orlando gunman Omar Mateen. In a letter Wednesday to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs asked the FBI to provide records related to two previously closed investigations concerning Mateen. The committee also requested details of the placement and removal of Mateen from a terrorist watch list, any prior visits to the Pulse nightclub or Walt Disney World before the attack and his travel to Saudi Arabia.
In addition, the committee said it wanted information about Mateen’s use of social media before and during the attack, and the FBI’s communication with state and local law enforcement about Mateen’s comments about terrorism prior to the attack.
Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen passed a psychological evaluation in 2007 as part of his application to be a private security guard. Florida records show Mateen was determined to be mentally and emotionally stable in September 2007 so he could work for The Wackenhut Corp., later renamed G4S Secure Solutions. The records state he took a written psychological test or had an evaluation by a psychologist or psychiatrist. Mateen also stated in his 2007 firearm application that he neither had been diagnosed with a mental illness nor had a history of alcohol or substance abuse.
An Orlando hospital says six people wounded in the nightclub shooting are still in critical condition. The Orlando Regional Medical Center said Wednesday that four people are in guarded condition, an improvement from a day early when five people were in that condition. The hospital says they are still treating 25 people there. Doctors have warned that the death toll from the shooting could rise. Forty-nine people were killed and more than 50 people wounded when a gunman opened fire on the Pulse nightclub early Sunday.