Se­na­tors press FBI di­rec­tor on re­sponse to ter­ror­ism threat

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Repub­li­can se­na­tors pressed FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey on Tues­day about whether any­thing more could have been done to pre­vent re­cent acts of ex­trem­ist vi­o­lence, in­clud­ing the Or­lando night­club mas­sacre and the Man­hat­tan bomb­ing this month. Comey said the FBI is fal­li­ble and trans­par­ent about its mis­takes, but he did not con­cede that any­thing should have been done dif­fer­ently or that any red flags were missed.

The ques­tions arose be­cause the FBI has said it in­ves­ti­gated Or­lando gun­man Omar Ma­teen a few years be­fore the June shoot­ing and in­ter­viewed him as part of that probe. The FBI in 2014 also looked into Ah­mad Khan Ra­hami, the Afghan-born U.S. citizen ac­cused in the ex­plo­sion but found noth­ing that tied him to ter­ror­ism. Two se­na­tors, in par­tic­u­lar, Rand Paul of Ken­tucky and Kelly Ay­otte of New Hamp­shire, said they were alarmed that both in­di­vid­u­als had at one point been on the FBI’s radar but were not in­ter­cepted.

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