Some lawmakers want to dig a little deeper into the Boston Bombing case
The first of what will likely be several Congressional Hearings on the Boston bombings happens Thursday.
Lawmakers say they want to get to the bottom of - not only how it ended - but how it began.
Remember, the Russians had tipped off the FBI and CIA about the Tsarnaev brothers two years before the bombings. Lawmakers here want to know if that information was shared.
Lawmakers want to ask Boston's police commissioner and homeland security chief if the FBI shared what they knew about suspect Tamarlan Tsarnaev.
Commissioner Edward Davis said Wednesday, "So far there's no evidence the feds were holding back, but House Republicans want to dig a little deeper. "I have a job as Chairman to the American people to find out if there's something broken in the system that needs to be fixed," said Rep. Mike McCaul, (R) Texas.
In 2011, Russia asked the FBI and CIA to look into Tsarnaev's possible radical ties. They found nothing, and when Russia failed to cooperate, the FBI closed its case. Now the administration's defending the agency: "We can never know everything and what we know, we can never have perfect information about," said Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano.
"I don't think it's fair to say though that law enforcement "dropped the ball." I think that this is a very difficult challenge when you have individuals who are self-radicalizing. They're not part of some massive conspiracy or network." President Barack Obama
President Obama discussed the investigation with House Democrats Wednesday night.
Meantime, the dead suspect's wife has hired a prominent criminal lawyer.
Katherine Russell faces no charges and her DNA did not match what investigators found on the bomb.
The surviving suspect - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - reportedly told investigators she was not involved.
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