Obama on Day 2: ‘It’s Also Possible That This Was Workplace-Related’

By CNSNews.com Staff | December 3, 2015 | 3:28 PM EST

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(CNSNews.com) - In a statement made from the Oval Office this morning, President Barack Obama told the nation that it “is possible” that the mass murder in San Bernardino on Wednesday was “terrorist-related” but that it also could have been “workplace-related."

Later in his statement, he suggested it might have been a mix of both.

“We don’t know at this point the extent of their plans,” Obama said of the killers. “We do not know their motivations.”

“It is possible that this was terrorist-related, but we don’t know,” Obama said. “It’s also possible that this was workplace-related.”  

“Our expectation is, is that this may take some time before we’re able to sort it all through,” said the president. “There may be mixed motives involved in this, which makes the investigation more complicated.”

One of the things that needs to be looked at, the president said, is "the nature of the workplace relationship between the individual and his superiors."

Here are some key excerpts from the president’s statement, which can be read in full at the White House website:

“We do know that the two individuals who were killed were equipped with weapons and appeared to have access to additional weaponry at their homes.  But we don’t know why they did it.  We don’t know at this point the extent of their plans.  We do not know their motivations.  

"And I just received a briefing from FBI Director Comey, as well as Attorney General Lynch, indicating the course of their investigation.  At this point, this is now a FBI investigation. That’s been done in cooperation and consultation with local law enforcement.  It is possible that this was terrorist-related, but we don’t know.  It’s also possible that this was workplace-related.  And until the FBI has been able to conduct what are going to be a large number of interviews, until we understand the nature of the workplace relationship between the individual and his superiors -- because he worked with the organization where this terrible shooting took place -- until all the social media and electronic information has been exploited, we’re just not going to be able to answer those questions…..

"Our expectation is, is that this may take some time before we’re able to sort it all through.  There may be mixed motives involved in this, which makes the investigation more complicated.  But rest assured that we will get to the bottom of this.”

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