The Washington Times - April 25, 2013, 08:46AM

A member of the House intelligence panel says it appears the FBI properly checked out warnings in recent years from Russian officials that bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a terrorist threat.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff, California Democrat, said that from what he’s learned from attending classified briefings as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the FBI “did a pretty thorough investigation that didn’t turn up anything.”


“It’s hard to see at this point what more they could’ve done at that early stage,” Mr. Schiff told C-SPAN on Thursday.

Mr. Schiff added he doesn’t’ believe there is an information-sharing problem between U.S. intelligence agencies.

“When you look into the facts of what information was shared with [U.S. intelligence agencies], which was very little by the Russians, what was done in response to it, I don’t see any evidence yet that they failed to talk to each other or someone dropped the ball,” he said.

“Now, the investigation is early, and we may find that there was evidence out there that when the FBI did their search [of Mr. Tsarnaev] they should have found [something], but nothing has suggested that yet.”