Attorneys for Noor Salman called for a dismissal of charges or a mistrial, saying that new details from prosecutors reveal that Pulse gunman Omar Mateen’s father was an FBI informant who is currently under a criminal investigation.
According to a motion filed by the defense, Assistant US Attorney Sara Sweeney sent an email on Saturday to the defense — in the middle of Salman’s trial — that stated Seddique Mateen was a confidential FBI source from 2005 through June 2016.
The email also stated that Seddique Mateen is being investigated for money transfers to Turkey and Afghanistan after documents were found in his home on June 12, 2016, the day of the Pulse attack. The dates of the money transfers were between March 16, 2016 and June 5, 2016, according to the email.
Fox News reports:
“Seddique Mateen was a FBI confidential human source at various points in time between January 2005 and June 2016,” the defense lawyers, in a court document filed Sunday, quoted Assistant United States Attorney Sara Sweeney as saying in a letter.
The 31-year-old Salman is accused of obstruction of justice, as FBI agents say she lied to them in the hours after the Pulse nightclub attack, and charges of aiding and abetting Mateen’s allegiance to ISIS.
Salman’s lawyers, who deny she has anything to do with the attack, started presenting their case Monday. The government prosecutors rested Thursday without ever calling Seddique to the stand, despite him being on the witness list, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The alt-right is ALL over this.
Motion reveals Pulse gunman’s father was FBI informant
NOW YOU KNOW WHY THE FBI IS COVERING UP VEGAS
THE VEGAS SHOOTER WAS ALSO AN FBI ASSEThttps://t.co/kbCEwab2NH
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) March 26, 2018
In case you needed another reason to hate and not trust the @FBI, we are just now learning that the Orlando Pulse night club terrorist’s father, who was front row at a Hillary Clinton campaign event, was also an FBI informant.
The FBI protects jihadis. https://t.co/jXIUwVnCP8
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) March 26, 2018
When Comey gave a press conference about the Pulse Nightclub shooting, he said the FBI had a confidential source that Mateen was no longer an Islamic radical
Was that source Mateen’s own father? https://t.co/9Rz49ImbTo
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) March 26, 2018