Most of the nation reacted in shock on March 30 when a jury acquitted Noor Slaman, who was on trial for aiding and abetting and obstruction of justice, in her husband’s June 2016 mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.

Friday, Fox News published an exclusive report stating that the FBI has itself to blame for losing the case – primarily because they failed to record Salman’s interview statements.

Prosecutors used text messages between the two to prove that she knew what he was doing. Salman also went with her husband when he purchased ammunition, and drove him to scout out the place ahead of time.

Prosecutors also used surveillance video showing the couple at Disney World together, as he scouted out the area, originally intending that location to be the target of his deadly terrorist attack.

Fox News reported:

But what ultimately appeared to have sunk the FBI in this case was its decision not to record an alleged confession from Salman. One of the statements she allegedly made after the shooting that was written down by an FBI interviewer – whose notes ended up being the backbone for the government’s arguments — started to fall apart during questioning.

After the trial, the jury’s foreman revealed that they actually believed Salman DID know what her husband was planning, but the lack of a recorded interview gave them no choice but to give a “not guilty” verdict.

“I wish that the FBI had recorded their interviews with Ms. Salman as there were several significant inconsistencies with the written summaries of her statements,” the jury’s foreman revealed in a statement last week to the Orlando Sentinel.

“A verdict of not guilty did NOT mean that we thought Noor Salman was unaware of what Omar Mateen was planning to do,” the foreman added. “On the contrary we were convinced she did know. She may not have known what day, or what location, but she knew. However, we were not tasked with deciding if she was aware of a potential attack…the bottom line is that, based on the letter of the law, and the detailed instructions provided by the court, we were presented with no option but to return a verdict of not guilty.”

So why didn’t the FBI record their interviews with Salman?

“I honestly never thought about it,” FBI Special Agent Christopher Mayo testified during the trial, noting that he was focused on getting info from Salman in the hours after the attack and sending it to local law enforcement, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “It wasn’t a conscious decision.”

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