Congress to be briefed on Boston bombings

Federal authorities plan to brief members of the House of Representatives at 5 p.m. Tuesday on the Boston bombings and the ongoing investigation, according to aides to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio).

Members of both parties will be invited to attend, the aides said.

Meanwhile, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Monday that her panel will be speaking with members of the FBI’s intelligence unit as early as Tuesday to learn more about the bombings and investigation. Whenever senators meet with the FBI, the hearing will be closed to the public, Feinstein aides said Monday.

The briefings come after several Republican lawmakers called on the Obama administration to detain Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the main suspect in last week's bombings, indefinitely and not read him his "Miranda" rights. But Tsarnaev was formally read his rights Monday in a Boston hospital room, according to federal officials.

The House Homeland Security Committee has also said it plans to investigate the events leading up to the bombings and the subsequent manhunt, investigation and prosecution of Tsarnaev.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
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