By Justin Sink - 04/22/13 02:32 PM EDT
"At this point, I think it is perfectly fine," Boehner told Fox News.
The Justice Department said Friday that they would invoke an exception that allows law enforcement to delay reading a defendant his Miranda rights if they believe a suspect can provide information that would help prevent an imminent attack.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in a statement Saturday that the immediate threat had passed, and Tsarnaev should be treated like any other criminal.
“Every criminal defendant is entitled to be read Miranda rights," ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero said in a statement. "The public safety exception should be read narrowly. It applies only when there is a continued threat to public safety and is not an open-ended exception to the Miranda rule."
But Boehner said that the value of the information Tsarnaev may be able to provide outweighed that concern.
"There's a treasure trove of information. And key here is being able to get to it. So whether you want to call him an enemy combatant, or you want to use this public safety exception, the key is getting the information," Boehner said. "To protect the American people, to learn whether others were involved, to learn more about how he got involved."