Gowdy, Goodlatte Request FBI Briefing on Florida Shooting

Published: Feb 16, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte sent a letter to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray regarding tips the FBI received on Nikolas Cruz, the shooter who tragically murdered 17 students, teachers, and school officials at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this week.

Excerpts from the letter:

In the wake of this tragic shooting, Cruz’s past has been sifted through to determine whether there were warning signs that he was capable of such monstrous actions. There were.

On January 5, 2018, the FBI received a tip about Cruz. According to FBI’s protocols, this information “should have been assessed as a potential threat to life.”

The Committees are seeking to understand these protocols and why they were not followed in this case. Accordingly, the Committees request the FBI brief the Committees on the tip, protocols, and FBI’s actions before and after the incident as soon as possible, but no later than March 2, 2018.

Full text of the letter can be reviewed here.