WASHINGTON – A congressional delegation is planning to travel to Russia next week to meet with government and counter-terrorism officials to discuss the ongoing investigations into the Boston Marathon bombings.
The delegation, which includes Representative Bill Keating, a Bourne Democrat, is planning to examine some of the apparent gaps in intelligence sharing between the United States and Russia. The Russians had warned the US in 2011 that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a potential extremist.
The FBI interviewed Tsarnaev and his family but found that he was not a threat; the Russians did not respond to FBI requests for more information.
“If there was a distrust, or lack of cooperation because of that distrust, between the Russian intelligence and the FBI, then that needs to be fixed and we will be talking about that,” Representative Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican who is leading the trip, told ABC News, which first reported details of the trip.
“Our goal is to use Boston as an example, if indeed there was something more, that should’ve been done that wasn’t because of a bad attitude,” Rohrabacher added.
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