In the wake of the recent spate of mass shootings, Republican Florida Senator, and former Governor, Rick Scott has sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) demanding answers from the FBI involving two mass shootings in his own state.
Scott sent the letter to Attorney General William Barr, urging him to seek answers from FBI Director Christopher Wray regarding the horrific shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) and the Pulse Nightclub.
Senator Scott wants to know what steps the FBI has taken to identify and hold accountable those responsible for the failures in the agency that led to the worst mass shootings in Florida.
Scott says he wrote the letter to the Attorney General after receiving no response to multiple requests for information from the FBI director.
Scott Wants an Explanation for FBI Failures at Parkland
Senator Scott attended MSD himself, the site of one of the shootings in question, where 17 students were killed last year.
In the six months before the attack, the FBI received two tips warning that Nikolas Cruz was a school shooter in the making. One tip, phoned in to the FBI’s national call center by someone close to Cruz, offered alarming details only weeks before the attack, but, according to Scott, was never forwarded to the FBI’s South Florida field office, as protocol required.
Scott, who was governor of Florida at the time of the Parkland shooting, has repeatedly pressed federal investigators for information about why the tips were mishandled and what the FBI has done to make sure it never happens again. When the FBI first acknowledged the missed tips, Scott demanded unsuccessfully that FBI Director Christopher Wray resign.
Now a U.S. Senator, Scott wrote Barr complaining that the FBI has withheld information from him and the parents of slain students and faculty.
“I urge you to seek answers from Director Wray that have been denied to the victims’ families and make sure these documented failures by his agency will never happen again,” Scott wrote.
According to NBC News, a spokeswoman for the FBI has declined to comment on Scott’s letter. NBC reports that the DOJ also didn’t respond to a request for comment.