From The Washington Times:
The FBI is facing new scrutiny after it failed to prevent the weekend terrorist attack in Orlando despite conducting a fairly extensive investigation into the shooter.
FBI Director James B. Comey this week defended the bureau’s handling of security guard Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in an Islamic State-inspired shooting spree, telling reporters that the agency would conduct a review of its handling of the Mateen case.
A Republican aide said the House Judiciary Committee is reviewing the FBI’s handling the Mateen investigation, and the panel’s chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, has been briefed on the matter. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, is also conducting a review and wrote to the Department of Homeland Security and State Department this week requesting information on the shooter.
According to the FBI chief, Mateen became the target of an FBI terrorism investigation for 10 months after a co-worker reported in May 2013 that Mateen, who was working as a security guard at a local courthouse at the time, had made statements “about terrorism.” Mateen, the son of Afghan immigrants, claimed he was a member of al Qaeda and Iran-backed Hezbollah. Mateen also stated that he hoped law enforcement officers would raid his apartment and assault his wife and child so he could “martyr himself” in response, Mr. Comey said.
The probe was dropped after Mateen admitted making the statements, but claimed he made the remarks in anger after discrimination by co-workers for being a…