Republican senators demand hearings on Boston Marathon [View all]
Two Republican senators are demanding congressional hearings to examine whether U.S. intelligence officials could have prevented the attacks on the Boston Marathon.
Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., want the Senate Homeland Security Committee to find out if government agencies were able to communicate with each other sufficiently -- and if they didn't, whether properly sharing that information could have alerted authorities to Tamerlan Tsarnaev and possibly saved lives.
"We are requesting that the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hold a hearing as soon as possible to investigate whether our intelligence officials had information that could have prevented these attacks," McCain and Ayotte wrote Wednesday in a letter to Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Del, the committee's chairman.
"It does not appear that the money spent or the information sharing environment put into place after 9/11 were useful in apprehending the Tsarnaev brothers, specifically Tamerlan Tsarnaev," the two wrote.
The call for hearings is the latest escalation of an increasingly politicized conversation on Capitol Hill about the bombings that killed three people and injured scores more.