As federal investigators search for a possible motive, a clearer picture has emerged about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother in the alleged plot that stunned the the world.
Long Island Rep. Peter King, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said such information “definitely would have caused the investigation to go further.”
Sen. Charles Schumer, who is often a staunch supporter of federal agencies, said there are serious questions now about what the FBI knew about the Tsarnaev brothers before the deadly Boston Marathon bombings and ensuing reign of terror.
In Russian, Dzohkhar predicted on Twitter “I will die young.” That tweet came just 13 months before the Boston attacks.
Kelly said the FBI apparently learned of the suspects’ supposed plan at least 48 hours prior to telling the NYPD.
They weren’t coming to party. The NYPD said Thursday that the Boston Marathon bombing suspects were planning to come to New York City to detonate their remaining explosives in Times Square.
“Information that we received it’s something about ‘partying’ or ‘having a party,'” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. “The bit of information that we have…it may have been words to the effect of ‘coming to party’ in New York.”
State Sen. Greg Ball (R-NY), a former Air Force officer, said the use of so-called enhanced interrogation should be available to authorities if there is an imminent risk to American security.
A spokesman for the state Office of Health and Human Services confirmed a Boston Herald report Wednesday that 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, his wife and their toddler daughter had received benefits.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev bought two “Lock and Load” reloadable mortar kits containing 24 shells each on the evening of Feb. 6, said April Walton, the manager of Phantom Fireworks in Seabrook.
Investigators now say the Boston Marathon bombing suspects may have been headed for New York City if not for the death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the eventual capture of his younger brother Dzhokhar.
If convicted, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face the death penalty or life in prison.
Attorney Joseph Ginarte showed up Monday at the apartment building in West New York, N.J., where police say Ailina Tsarnaeva has been holed up with her husband and baby.
Tempers flared at a Senate hearing on immigration legislation Monday as a Republican senator objected to a Democrat’s criticism of attempts by some to link the Boston Marathon bombings to the immigration bill.
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was conscious Sunday night, and was responding in writing to authorities, CBS News has confirmed with law enforcement officials.