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Rep. King: FBI should review procedures and regulations

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The FBI investigated Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the two brothers authorities believe caused the bombing, in 2011 but decided he was not a threat. King said that while mistakes can still happen, the FBI might be able to prevent another attack similar to the bombing, which resulted in hundreds injured and three dead, if it reviews how it handles tips and investigations.

"I think it goes beyond whether or not a mistake had been made. That can happen all the time. I think what we also have to look at here is do FBI regulations have to change? For instance if it's true that they believe that they could not keep an investigation open because there was not enough information, and the file had to be closed and it couldn't be open later on, I think we have to look into that," King said Wednesday in an interview on CNN.

King went on to say that the FBI should be given more "flexibility" to investigate potential threats.

"The FBI should be given much more flexibility since we have these ongoing threats, and it's very seldom that we're going to get a specific piece of information that's going to tie someone to a threat," King said. "It's very seldom that we're going to get a specific piece of information that's going to tie someone to a threat. It's always going to be bits and pieces, so it may very well be that the FBI has to review what its procedures and regulations are here."

On Monday law enforcement officials charged Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Tamerlan's younger brother, with one count of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against persons and property in the United States. Dzhokhar is receiving medical care for wounds he suffered during his arrest. Tamerlan died during the police manhunt for the two brothers in the days after the bombing.