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Graham, Schumer Hit FBI On Handling Of Tsarnaev

4/21/2013 10:00 PM ET

The FBI should have done a much better job of keeping track of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday.

Appearing on CNN's State of the Union, Graham wanted to know how the bureau could have misplaced a potential terrorist.

The FBI did interview him in 2011, although nothing ever came of it. Tsarnaev also made a six-month trip back to Russia in the intervening time.

"The fact that we could not track him has to be fixed," the Republican Graham said. "It's people like this that you don't want to let out of your sight and this was a mistake. I don't know if our laws are insufficient or the FBI failed, but we're at war with radical Islamists and we need to up our game."

Democratic senator Charles Schumer of New York echoed those sentiments.

"This man was pointed out by a foreign government to be dangerous," Schumer said. "He was interviewed by the FBI once. What did they find out? What did they miss? Then he went to Russia and to Chechnya. Why wasn't he interviewed when he came back?"

Tamerlan, 26, was killed in a gun battle with police on Friday morning, while 19-year-old brother Dzhokar Tsarnaev was captured, although wounded. He remains in serious condition and under guard; authorities say he is not able to answer questions at this time.

Monday's twin bombings in Boston killed three people and injured more than 180.

by RTT Staff Writer

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