Senator Grassley questioning FBI about Marathon information
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WHDH) -- Friday marked six months since the death of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, in April. Now the FBI is reacting to a letter which claims the feds have been too secretive.
Senator Charles Grassley is grilling the FBI’s director James Comey and demanding answers about whether the bureau failed to pass along information which could possibly have prevented the killing of Officer Collier.
"I have high opinion of all law enforcement. I really don't want to even speculate that even anything like that could have happened,” said Chief John DiFava, MIT Police.
Senator Grassley quotes "sources" who say in the hours leading up to the murder of Officer Collier, Cambridge Police, "encountered multiple teams of FBI employees conducting surveillance in the area of Central Square."
The letter says it is unclear whether the FBI was tracking the Tsarnaev brothers, but it is emphatic that Cambridge police were never tipped by the FBI that they'd be working in the area.
The FBI’s statement also says it only knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev's identity after taking fingerprints from his body, and says the two brothers were never FBI informants.
“I have to knowledge of it. I hope the individuals, federal officials will get together and straighten it out,” said Mayor Menino when asked about Senator Grassley's allegations.