On Monday, lawyers representing the wife of the Orlando Pulse nightclub gunman called for a mistrial in the case after they claimed that new details from prosecutors revealed that the gunman's father was an FBI informant.
CBS affiliate WKMG reports (references to the name of the father redacted):
According to a motion filed by the defense, prosecutors sent an email on Saturday that stated [the gunman's father] was a confidential FBI source from 2005 through June 2016.
The email also stated that [the gunman's father] is being investigated for money transfers to Turkey and Pakistan after documents were found in his home on the day of the Pulse attack.
Krista M. Torralva, a crime reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, reported that the FBI also considered making the gunman a confidential FBI informant on terrorism after they investigated him for terrorism and couldn't find any links.
"FBI Special Agent Juvenal Martin considered developing [the gunman] into a confidential informant for the FBI after investigating him and not finding a tie to terrorism," Torralva tweeted. "Martin was directly responsible for [the gunman's] father... who was a confidential informant already when Martin transferred to the Miami division in 2006."
CBS News reports that according to the motion, defense lawyers for the gunman's wife claim that the FBI's decision not to give her a polygraph test was "based on the FBI's desire to implicate [the wife], rather than [the gunman's father] in order to avoid scrutiny of its own ineptitude with the latter."
The gunman's father "played a significant role in the FBI's decision not to seek an indictment from the Justice Department for false statements to the FBI or obstruction of justice" against him during its 2013 investigation into his alleged ties to terrorism.
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