Rep. Peter King, New York Republican, said Monday that the FBI was too quick to close out its investigation into Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and that it’s unlikely Tsarnaev and his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, acted alone.
“If the Russians had given the FBI the information they had regarding the mother and the son and their views on the mother’s radicalization and the son’s radicalization, it would have dramatically changed the investigation. It would have caused the FBI to go further, and again, get to the bottom of this a lot more quickly and possibly headed this entire disaster off,” Mr. King said on NBC’s “Today.”
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Mr. King was referring to the recent news that Russian authorities had secretly recorded a 2011 conversation between Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his mother “vaguely discussing jihad,” according to The Associated Press, as well as a separate conversation between the mother and someone in southern Russia who is also under investigation by the FBI in another case.
Mr. King, a member and former chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said that while Russia appears to be cooperating in the investigation now, there’s still not “full trust” between the two countries.
“It’s sort of a bit of a dance here — they want to give us as much as they can which helps them, but they don’t want to give us anything which would give us an idea as to how they do their intelligence,” he said.
Mr. King also said the FBI was “too quick” to close out an investigation into the Tamerlan Tsarnaev case that was opened briefly and closed in 2011.
“Whether or not there was fire, there was enough smoke that that investigation should have been kept more active,” he said.
Mr. King added that while he had no direct evidence to prove the alleged bombers had outside help, it was “very difficult” for him to believe they acted alone.
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“Too much was perfectly synchronized here for this just to be two guys doing it on their own,” he said.