The White House on Tuesday sought to distance itself from a controversy swirling around the Justice Department's decision to remove references to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from the transcript of a 911 call placed by Orlando shooter Omar Mateen.

After coming under withering criticism, the law enforcement agency reversed course on Monday and released the complete text of the call — a decision the White House said was made without their input.

"The decision to release the unredacted version of the transcript that was released yesterday was made independently and entirely by the Department of Justice," press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

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