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April 24th, 2013
09:51 AM ET

Rep. Goodlatte: Dept. of Homeland Security and FBI had different information about Tsarnaev

Many questions remain this morning about the FBI's handling of marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev prior to last week's attack.

Quoting Senator Richard Burr, "The Boston Globe" is reporting that the Russian government repeatedly reached out to the FBI with their concerns about the oldest brother.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte confirms Burr's comments on Starting Point this morning, responding that government authorities "are hearing that" there were multiple contacts between Russia and the FBI.

"We're  hearing that the Department of Homeland Security had different information than the FBI. They were not apparently sharing that information. So the FBI, according to what we now understand, did not know that he was in Russia for six months and did not follow up on his return," Rep. Goodlatte explains. "So all of these things lead to more questions about what needs to be done to make sure that these types of things don't happen in the future, and, most importantly, what kind of information sharing and follow-through all of our law enforcement agencies are exercising."


Filed under: Boston Marathon bombings • Terrorism
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