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Bombshell: Father of Orlando Shooter FBI Failed To Stop Was FBI Informant Himself

The father of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen was an FBI informant, according a Monday federal court filing, which may explain why the FBI dropped its investigation into the would-be terrorist in 2014.

Lawyers for Noor Salman, the widow of Mateen, filed a motion for a mistrial just hours before the first witness was to be called, charging federal prosecutors with failing to timely reveal material information in her case.

Salman has been charged with aiding her husband in carrying out the attack in Orlando, Florida, in June 2016, that resulted in the deaths of 49 people with 58 more wounded.

“It is apparent from the Government’s belated disclosure that Ms. Salman has been defending a case without a complete set of facts and evidence that the Government was required to disclose,” attorney Fritz Scheller argued in the court filing.

These previous omissions “have placed Ms. Salman, the jury, and this Court in a dark wood where the search for truth has been thwarted,” the motion states.

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The attorneys cited legal precedent, arguing they would have substantially changed their client’s defense had they known of Seddique Mateen’s status as an FBI informant earlier.

However, U.S. District Judge Paul Byron rejected the motion for a mistrial Monday afternoon.

“This trial is not about Seddique Mateen. It’s about Noor Salman,” Byron said via the Orlando Sentinel.

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The attorneys’ motion specifically questioned whether the FBI’s decision to drop its investigation into Omar Mateen in 2014 was due to his father being an informant from 2005 until the time of the shooting in June 2016.

Following the attack, then FBI Director James Comey stated that Omar Mateen first came to FBI’s attention in 2013 when he was working as a security guard in Orlando, Time reported.

Mateen was placed in the Terrorist Screening Database after co-workers heard him making claims about having connections with al-Qaida and Hezbollah and hoping to martyr himself someday.

Comey said Mateen was taken off the watch list in March 2014, allowing him to easily acquire the weapons he used in the attack without the FBI knowing.

The agency gets notified when those on the list purchase weapons, which the 29-year-old did just a week before he carried out his killing rampage in the nightclub.

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The motion also pointed to payments Seddique Mateen sent to Afghanistan and Turkey in the months leading up to the attack, raising the idea that he may have had foreknowledge of the attack.

Immediate following the shooting, the elder Mateen condemned his son’s actions on multiple media outlets.

“I apologize for what my son did. I don’t know why he did it,” he told NBC News at the time. “He is dead, so I can’t ask him. I wish I knew.”

Defense lawyers for Salman have claimed their client had no knowledge of Omar Mateen’s plans to attack the nightclub. Further, due to her low IQ, she was easily influenced by her husband, they say.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Graduated dean's list from West Point
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United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
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We Hold These Truths
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Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
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Phoenix, Arizona
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English
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Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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