ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Florida Congressman John Mica has sent a letter to the Chairman of the House Committee on Government and Ethics Reform saying it is time to hold hearings on the FBI.
"We can't afford to keep making these mistakes, not connecting the dots," Mica said. "I want a thorough and complete review, accountability, and then changing out so we don't have this happen again." Mica wants answers as to why the FBI investigated Pulse shooter Omar Mateen twice in the years before the shooting, but then let him go.
Mica says this isn't the first time our government suspected terror, but the perpetrators were able to pull off an attack anyway. "Just multiple federal failures, and we need to look at each and every one of them. We've had that in San Bernadino, Boston, and now in Orlando."
Governor Rick Scott praised the FBI's work in the aftermath of the shooting, but would also like to make sure there are answers. "I think the federal government should do whatever it does to review its own agencies," Scott said.
The FBI is already conducting an internal investigation into its actions with regards to Omar Mateen. Congressman Mica though insists on hearings in front of Congress and testimony. "We have got to go back and look at what is wrong with the watch list," Mica said. "How they could put people on. I've heard they are taking people off for political correctness. I don't know if they are doing that here in Orlando, but again, they are not connecting the dots."
Mica says he also anticipates being able to hold a hearing in the next two weeks about why FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security removed Orlando from a list of potential target cities that receive extra terror prevention and response funding.