Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., said Tuesday the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hopes to get to the bottom of the FBIs previous investigation of one of the Boston bombing suspects.
Obviously we cant jump to conclusions until we hear what the FBI did do, and what other agencies did do, Coats said in an interview on Fox News America Live with Megyn Kelly.
Coats is a member of the Intelligence Committee, which heard from FBI officials during a closed hearing Tuesday afternoon after Coats TV interview.
He did not issue a statement after the hearing. His office noted that the hearing information is classified and the FBIs investigation is ongoing.
Coats earlier told Fox News, We want as much information as we can procure, and we want to get to the bottom of it for the safety of Americans in the future, and its for providing justice in the proper way.
Kelly asked why the FBI had not kept better tabs on bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev after inquiries in 2011 by Russian officials about Tsarnaevs activities. Tsarnaev, who traveled to Russia last year, was killed in a shootout with police three nights after the April 15 bombings.
The FBI said they did a thorough investigation, but obviously it wasnt thorough enough. We are looking for other information as to what we could have learned that we didnt, Coats said.
We want the full detail of everything that was done pre- and post-incident in Boston, he said. Its important that we tie this down to make sure we know if there were connections to terrorist organizations overseas, if theres some foreign element in this. Its important to know what kind of procedures we have in place here to prevent this or to get these peoples names on the right screens so that when they do travel in and out of the United States, they pop up when they go through the process.