“Selectively editing this transcript is preposterous," Ryan said in a statement. "We know the shooter was a radical Islamist extremist inspired by ISIS. We also know he intentionally targeted the LGBT community. The administration should release the full, unredacted transcript so the public is clear-eyed about who did this, and why.”
In the calls, Mateen described himself an an Islamic soldier, and said he was "out here right now" because the U.S. was bombing Syria and Iraq, according to the transcripts released today.
Lynch, in an interview on "This Week," told ABC's Jonathan Karl that authorities did not want to "revictimize those who went through that horror" or "broadcast" Mateen's pledges of allegiance to terror groups.
The administration's release was also criticized by other Republicans, including Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
"The terror threat to our national cannot be redacted," he wrote in a statement.
The Justice Department responded to the criticism Monday afternoon by re-issuing the full transcript after the "unnecessary distraction" caused by the first release.