GOP senator: Boston bombing suspect read Miranda rights too soon

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Coats said authorities missed an opportunity to gain more valuable counterintelligence information when they read Tsarnaev his Miranda rights. The 19-year-old is one of two brothers believed responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing.

"There's more that needs to be learned. Unfortunately, the administration decided to let the guy lawyer up before we really had a good chance to get information from him, and now we're not getting any," Coats said an interview with radio station 89 WLS.

Authorities believe Dzhokhar and his brother Tamerlan caused the bombing, which resulted in three dead and hundreds injured. After a four-day manhunt following the bombing, Dzhokhar was arrested. Tamerlan died following a shootout during the manhunt.

Officials had initially used a public safety exception to hold off having to read Dzhokhar his Miranda warning. The exception let officials question Tsarnaev on the bombing. On Monday Dzhokhar was given his Miranda warning. 

"We had a good 24 to 48 hours under a Supreme Court-approved exception to Miranda rights, holding off if there's a national security trap, and we had not determined that before the administration decided 'no we're going to read him the Miranda rights,' give him an attorney and you know what happened," Coats continued. "So we had about a third of what we would have gotten."

Coats said law enforcement should have waited another day or two before reading Tsarnaev his Miranda warning.

"I contend national security interests indicated that we should have waited another 24 to 48 hours and give the interrogation teams an opportunity to get information, particularly since the Suspect No. 2 had been shot in the throat by himself or others — we're not even sure yet — and couldn't communicate with us early on," Coats added.

Recently Tsarnaev was moved from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he had been receiving treatment for wounds he suffered during the police hunt for him and his brother, to the FMC Devens prison facility at Ft. Devens, Mass.


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