It’s not the crime, but the cover-up. This is the first rule that every administration, Democrat and Republican, liberal and conservative, learns, and usually the hard way. Some crimes are more serious than others, but a little crime, like a little acorn, can grow into a mighty scandal or a mighty oak.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch learned this Monday when, no doubt under careful instructions from the White House (which the White House naturally denies), she released a heavily edited transcript of the conversations between Omar Mateen and police negotiators when he was in the midst of killing 49 men and women in Orlando.
Someone, whether at the Justice Department or at the White House, had carefully cleaned up the transcript to change references to “Allah” to “God.” In his actual words, Mateen told negotiators: “Praise be to Allah, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of Allah. I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.” The words were spoken in Arabic.
The transcript, as rewritten by the Obama administration, was sanitized: “Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God. I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.” The rewritten version further deleted the words “Islamic State” and the name of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to whom Mateen said he pledged allegiance. Ms. Lynch later reversed course and released an uncensored version.
The original transcript was clearly released under pressure from Republicans and the media — House Speaker Paul Ryan called the altered transcript “preposterous” — and it supports the consistent Obama narrative that Omar Mateen was not a radical Islamic terrorist, just a religious nut of no particular religious belief who had slipped off the rails. He could have been a Jew from Brooklyn, a Baptist from Mississippi, a blue-eyed Lutheran from Minnesota or a fair-haired Episcopalian from anywhere.
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