Members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday accused the FBI of thwarting a congressional investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings, the Boston Globe reported.
The House Homeland Security Committee had requested information from the FBI on its 2011 security review of suspected bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, according to the Globe.
“The FBI continues to refuse this committee’s appropriate requests for information and documents crucial to our investigation into what happened in Boston,” said committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), as quoted by the Globe. “I sincerely hope they do not intend to stonewall our inquiry into how this happened.”
The FBI turned down an invitation to appear before the committee Wednesday and had sent a letter dated July 3, reviewed by the Globe, stating that the agency would not be responding to all requests for information from the committee.
An FBI spokesman told the Globe that the agency was not “stonewalling” the inquiry, and did not send a witness to attend the committee hearing to avoid compromising the court proceedings that began Wednesday in the case against alleged bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
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