Source: GOP congressmen want answers on Boston suspect's 2011 questioning
April 20th, 2013
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Source: GOP congressmen want answers on Boston suspect's 2011 questioning

(CNN) - Two key Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee will press the Obama administration about the questioning of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev 2011, according to a GOP congressional source.

The FBI investigated Tsarnaev, who died this week after a late-night shoot-out with police, at the request of Russian authorities, according to a senior U.S. official. Tsarnaev and his younger brother Dzhokar, who was taken into custody a day after his brother's death, are originally from the Caucasus region and immigrated to the United States in the 2000s.

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Reps. Mike McCaul of Texas, the committee's chairman, and Peter King of New York, the former committee chairman, are preparing a letter to Director Robert Mueller and Attorney General Eric Holder seeking details about that questioning, the GOP congressional source said.

The two view the move not as politically motivated but as part of their oversight responsibility, according to the source.

A Democratic source familiar with the matter said Democrats were inclined to let the FBI do its job investigating the Boston bombing and ask questions later.

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  1. wmontanye

    Here we go again. Let's waste some more time...

    April 21, 2013 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  2. A Kickin` Donkey

    The FBI`s prority right now should be collecting all the evidence that cements a "ROCK SOLID" case against this 19 year old thug from the caucus region. Searching his computer & smart phone, tracing his web browsing history, his cell phone records, his Facebook, Myspace,Tumblr, Twitter postings, etc. is where I want their attention. Giving a hand-er to two Republicans distracts from that operational priority. I applaud the speed and competence with which Federal authorities captured / killed these perpertrators . . . all WITHOUT rewriting wire tap laws or abridging MY 4th AMMENDMENT rights [as President #43 did with the so-called "Patriot Act" in 2002 . . . something I`ll be King supported].

    It doesn`t take a rocket scientist to see that the GOP will attempt to make political hay out of how "KGB-like" the FBI was with these brothers. Unless we`re going to tail every foreign national – and raise Government spending to do it – or we`re going to allow Congress to micro-manage the FBI there is nothing that will come out of these "Republican questions" except a lower approval for the GOP.

    April 21, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  3. Not All Docs Play Golf

    The GOP already politicizing this? Wow. They get more repulsive every day. Give it a rest, Mitch and Company.

    April 21, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  4. W.G.

    Have them also answer questions about Iraq and why the heck the republicans sent us to war there
    FOR NOTHING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 21, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  5. Pete

    Is Darrell Issa going to run this probe and again nothing from the racist,politically inept right will get anything done but spend tax payers money...Where were republicans back in the 80s with Reagan,George Schultz as SOS and majority leaders in both houses witnessed 2 embassies and a marine barricks bombed by terrorists with over 300 men,women killed and no one came after any of them right when it should of been govermentally turned around..Reagan caught as well back then selling weapons to contras with the CIAs help and chemical weapons sold like serin gas to Kadafi and Hussein who used it on their own people..Such arrogence,hypocracy from the right with a dirty history ta boot but as usual the sanctumonious republicans have mighty short memories don't they and haven't done anything since then to curb this problem..What about Bushs getting intel from Clintons administration tellling him possibly of future terrorists targets stateside and Bushs arrogence,ignorence not following up and quess what can you say 9/11 which could have been avoided because facts were out there just not being gathered properly because of incompetence,complacency two killers of anything organized anything government that is...Go back posters especially the republican ones and see your partys tainted past before commenting here because this poster like others have done your homework and believe me republicans shouldn't be standing in glass houses if they're going to throw stones because they'll be a lot coming back your way!!!

    April 21, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    So do the people........a lot of very pointed answers.

    April 21, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. George Dixon

    Policy can bit the hand which enables it:

    Kerry doubles support to Syrian Rebels...

    "Syria War: Rebels Joined By Chechnya Islamic Militants In 'Jihad' Against Assad"

    Ergo, Sec State Kerry is doubling support to the same type of "people" who blow up Americans in Boston......

    April 21, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. Dennis Freeman

    Worried about everything except passing legislation, and telling others how they should do their jobs when they can't do their own

    April 21, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. Joe The Plumber

    The GOP is probably looking for an Obama – Tsarnaev condition. No doubt the earlier FBI interview with the older brother uncovered this in 2011 but it was hushed up by powerful liberal operatives inside the government.

    April 21, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. Wake up People!

    Oh great. Wasting more taxpayers money.

    How soon before we hear that it was President Obama who personally interrogated them and then let them go? How soon before we hear/read the word impeachment? You just know this too will be all Obamas fault.

    Some things never change.

    April 21, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. Matt Woken

    Proverbs 24:11 " If you see someone on their way to death or in danger of being killed, you must do something to save them." I don't think this bomber is a serious muslim yet, so let him go to prison, and don't kill him.

    April 21, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Holly Berry

    I would like to know the answers to these questions as well... the FBI's previous involvement with him is sketchy. Even though the FBI had contact with the Tsarnaevs only two years before, they somehow couldn't recognize them in the first pictures released, asking the public to help them identify the guys. You can't just blindly believe everything a government agency and their pet media tells you... you must question everything and do your own research and logical thinking.

    April 21, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. Penarrow

    Tell the GOP they have no special right to know any more than we do. They have already messed up enough over the years . I don't think they are capable of unbiased investigation much less truth. This is comment from someone who supported and helped Georgia become a two party state years ago and sad now I did so, they have practically ruined my state and our country. After the Civil Rights Act passed all the racist in the Democratic Party went over to the Repubican Party and have served in that party to destroy the GOP and the country.

    April 21, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. travismatthew

    These congressman who cant even do their job, who have so much divide in their own party are still on a witch hunt to find blame in the democrat party, namely Obama. It doen't take a much to figure out their motive. If they truly want answers to all the national debt, deaths etc. Let's start with Bush sending our troops to Iraq, Afganistan, his billion dollar wars. We should have been in Afganistan but not Iraq. But we were in Iraq for a full decade at the tune of Billions of dollars on the backs of taxpayers. Let's discuss his 2003 Medicare Drug Benefit package that narrowly passed in 2003. The American public again was grossly misled costing again billions of taxpayer dollars. Now lets talk about the thousands of American Troops that the Bush Administration and Republicans sent to war that never came home. Yes the Dems have their issues, however the Republicans started with a surplus in the national budget thanks to the Clinton Administration. Bush and the Republicans turned that around to a failed economy, un-warranted wars and bad policy. The Obama administration inherited a failed economy, 2 wars, and the failed and costly Medicare Drug Plan and to help pay for all this cut taxes and created so may loopholes we spiraled out of control financially. Maybe these republicans can get answers to all of these issues as well. Sure I'm all for hearing about how the current adminstration and their issues. But let's get back to the Tidal Wave of Death and Debt the Republicans created. Our government is broken, but lets put blame where it's due.

    April 21, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. Mary1972

    They are just politicizing this. Where were they when the mad guy slaughtered 20 children in Newton, Connecticut?

    April 21, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. Jinx9to88

    GOP is a joke!!! What about 9/11 leads? You had tips of individuals learning how to take off but did not want to learn on how to land planes. These GOP senators want to talk about missing important signs. The GOP has no room to talk.

    April 21, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. Jack

    Yep, you're right, Jinx9to88 & Mary1972 and Rush and Hannity salivating as we speak!

    April 21, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. Jack

    travismatthew, you have part of correct in my opinion, the rest in Joe Q. Public that something for nothing!

    April 21, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Phil Thomas

    What a Joke, all of these lives adversely effected by what these idiots did in a marathon where people run to do good. Yet the body of government that is the most dysfunctional wants to throw stones from a glass building. I am impressed the FBI has kept us safe as long as they have and they should get credit for their work not criticism. The truth is to say they looked into this guy and frame and say its a bad thing is stupid. They were extremely close and something changed. No one dropped the ball we just missed them by a hair. This is not 24 we won't get every one but these guys do a great job of getting most of them. Making it political won't help, especially when you have the history these clowns on the Right do. Lets celebrate them for preventing the crimes we don't hear about not nit pick

    April 21, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Donna

    Until Obama gets rid of the most incompetent person in his administration, Eric Holder, he is going to have to answer for his repeated incompetent job. How many people are going to have to die before this incompetent buffoon is thrown out the door?

    April 21, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Barbara

    Hey, they're probably just gonna tell you...we've been goofing off...just like congress does!!!

    April 21, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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