Florida Governor Rick Scott demanded the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to release all details related to its failure to act on the tip it received about the school shooter.
In a statement, Gov. Scott said the “FBIs inexcusable inaction” after receiving information regarding Nikolas Cruz’s desire to carry out a school shooting shocked the entire country.
In addition, the governor stated that the bureau’s failure raises to investigate the tip raises many questions. The victims’ families deserve answers.
“Today, I am calling on the FBI to immediately release all details surrounding the Bureau’s failure to act on a tip it received, including all details and protocols,” said Gov. Scott.
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Last week, the bureau admitted that it did not follow protocols after receiving information about Cruz’s. A person called the FBI’s hotline on January 5 and reported about Cruz’s gun ownership and desire to kill people. The person also informed the FBI that Cruz’s behavior is erratic and his social media posts are disturbing.
According to the bureau, under its protocols, it should have assessed the tip as a potential threat to life. It should have forwarded the information to its field office in Miami. FBI agents in the area could have taken proper investigative steps if they received the information.
Gov. Scott called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign after learning about the agency’s failure. He called the bureau’s mistake “unacceptable” and its apology will never bring back the life of the 17 victims.
Trump supports legislation to improve background checks for gun buyers
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump supports a bipartisan legislation to improve federal compliance with background checks. Republican Sen. John Cornyn and Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy introduced National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Act.
In a statement on Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, “While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system.”