Lawmakers press FBI after Boston bombing
WASHINGTON (NBC) -- In Washington, lawmakers are pressing for hearings into what the FBI knew about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older bombing suspect - as early as two years ago.
They want to know whether the agency missed multiple warning signs that could have prevented the attacks.
The Boston Marathon bombing suspects' parents - especially their mother - denying her sons' involvement and extremely skeptical of U.S. authorities.
"Politics is a dirty game," she told reporters.
She said Tamerlan Tsarnaev's trip there last year was for a family wedding and to renew his passport.
Republicans are calling for hearings into what the FBI knew before the bombings:
In today's regular briefing, senators will hear from the FBI, homeland security, and intelligence officials now accused of not sharing information, like before 9/11.
"Here we are twelve years later and the fact remains it's still not -- it's not working,” said Rep. Mike McCaul of Texas.
In 2011, Russia asked the FBI and CIA to check up on Tamerlan Tsarnaev. They did and found nothing. Russia never followed up with the U.S.
Tsarnaev was in a low-level terror database, with half a million names. His travel to Russia raised no red flags, even when he started posting radical videos online, because his case was closed.
"Our agencies get thousands and thousands of leads like we got from the Russians so there are real limits to what we can do in response to them,” said Rep. Adam Schiff of California.
The younger Tsarnaev brother answered questions for 16 hours before getting a lawyer.
Investigators learned the bombs were detonated with remotes like the ones used to control toy cars.
They were untested, the suspect said, before they were set off.
According to investigators, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has stated he and his brother were angry about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.