Father of Pulse gunman was FBI informant, widow's attorneys say

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Attorneys for the widow of Pulse nightclub gunman Omar Mateen are calling for a mistrial after they say prosecutors revealed that Mateen's father was an FBI informant. CBS affiliate WKMG reports that prosecutors sent an email on Saturday that stated Seddique Mateen was a confidential FBI source from 2005 until 2016, according to a motion filed by the defense.

Omar Mateen's widow, Noor Salman, is on trial in federal court on charges of aiding and abetting her husband, obstruction of justice  and lying to federal agents. If convicted, she could get life in prison. 

Her husband killed 49 people and injured at least 68 others when he opened fire inside Pulse on June 12, 2016 before he was shot to death by police.

WKMG reports that the email sent by prosecutors stated that Seddique Mateen is also being investigated for money transfers to Turkey and Pakistan.

 CBS NEWS

Salman's lawyers allege the new revelation prevented them from investigating whether or not Seddique Mateen knew of his son's plans to attack the nightclub.

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