FBI official on missed Florida tip: 'There was a mistake made'

Acting FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich says the FBI and Justice Department immediately ordered a full-scale review of the FBI's public tip line after a warning was missed in the Florida school shooting.

"In this case, we were conducting full scale review, but I will tell you Monday, I went out there myself and with my team, and it is a professional operation," he said. "Now let me be clear, there was a mistake made, we know that, but it is our job to make sure that we do everything in our power to ensure that does not happen again."

Bowdich talked about the volume of calls, noting that last year, the FBI received about 765,000 calls, in addition to 750,000 internet tips. Many of those, he said, "turn into leads," but most -- 9 out of 10 -- do not. "It is not easy work," he said. "I'm not making excuses because what happened is a tragedy."

This comes after the FBI said in a statement last week that it had received a tip about Nikolas Cruz, the suspected Florida school shooter, in January 2018 but failed to investigate the report. A person close to Cruz contacted the FBI's Public Access Line on January 5, reporting Cruz's gun ownership, his desire to kill others, erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts, the statement said.

"Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life. The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami Field Office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken," the statement said.

Cruz has been charged on 17 counts of premeditated murder after being questioned by state and federal authorities. He's accused of killing 17 people and injuring 15 others.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the Justice Department is "looking at a number of things" in response to the school shooting "to make sure that we do everything we can reasonably do to push back against this kind of violence."

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump directed Sessions to propose regulations to "ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns," including bump fire stocks, which make it easier to fire rounds more quickly and were used by the shooter who targeted concertgoers in Las Vegas in October.

Yet the admission of the missed tip in particular -- highlighted over the weekend by Trump -- has caused some to raise questions about whether the FBI could have prevented the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which left 17 dead.

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