FW: Pool report #3 - 6/13

From: Courtney Weaver [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Monday, June 13, 2016 12:05 PM
To: Allen, Jessica L. EOP/WHO
Subject: Pool report #3 - 6/13

More detailed Potus remarks, part 1

“I just had the opportunity to get the latest briefing from FBI Director Comey as well as deputy attorney general Yates about the tragedy that took place in Orlando. They are going to be doing a more extensive briefing around noon at FBI headquarters.”

“First of all our hearts go out to the families of those who have been killed, our prayers go out to those who have been wounded.”

The tragedy, he noted, was “particularly painful for the people of Orlando but we recognize that this could happen anywhere in this country and we feel enormous solidarity…”

“With respect to the killer, it is important to emphasize that we are still at the preliminary stages of the investigation.”

“The one thing that we can say is that this is being treated as a terrorist investigation. It appears that the shooter was inspired by various extremist information that was disseminated over the internet.”

Investigating the pathway the killer took

At this point “we see no clear evidence that he was directed externally. It does appear that at the last minute he announced allegiance to Isil. But there is no evidence so far that he was in fact directed…There is also no direct evidence that he was part of a larger plot. In that sense it appears to be similar to what we saw in San Bernardino. But we don’t really know. And this is part of what is going to be important [to the investigation.]”

“As far as we can tell right now this is certainly an example of kind of homegrown extremism that all of us have been so concerned about for a very long time. It also appears that he was able to obtain these weapons legally. He did not have a criminal record that in some ways would have prohibited him from purchasing these weapons.”

He purchased an assault rifle, and a Glock “which had a lot of clips in it”

“It does indicate the degree to which it was not difficult for him to obtain these kinds of weapons.”

Potus indicated that there was no criticism that the FBI had not acted sooner in regard to the killer who they were watching. “The FBI followed the procedures it was supposed to”

“At the end of the day this is something that we’re going to have to grapple with. Making sure that even as we go after Isil and other extremist organizations overseas. Even as we hit their leadership, even as we go after their infrastructure, even as we take key personnel off the field, even as we disrupt external plots, the biggest challenge we’re going to have is this kind of propaganda and perversions of Islam that you see generated on the Internet.”

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