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."
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was brought to the attention of U.S. authorities in 2011 when the Russian government asked the FBI to check him out because of his alleged shift toward Islamic extremism.
The bureau interviewed Tamerlan and his family as part of a review, but found no ties to terrorism. Now, members of Congress want to know how the alleged Boston bomber slipped under the radar of authorities.
On Starting Point this morning, Ambassador R. James Woolsey, a former CIA director, tells John Berman that "this is a case of these government agencies not working together and not even communicating with each other."
"We don’t look very good here in terms of one part of the U.S. government talking to each other," Amb. Woolsey says. "If they stayed with it they might have seen that he bought these pyrotechnics [...] and this black powder that he apparently used in the bombs. They might have seen what he does on the web and they would've known about his trip to Russia. But the Department of Homeland Security apparently didn't talk to the FBI and the CIA."
CNN's Barbara Starr on investigators looking into if the Tsarnaev bros. had assistance in the Boston Marathon bombings.