The House Committee on Homeland Security has requested more information from Janet Napolitano on the Saudi national who was named the initial “person of interest” in the Boston bombings.
The committee formally requested a classified briefing from Napolitano on April 19, according to the letter published by TheBlaze.
This original suspect, named Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, was reportedly set to be deported on Tuesday, according to Sean Hannity’s Fox News program. Alharbi was supposedly in violation of section 212 3B of the Immigration and Nationality Act, citing “security and related grounds” and “terrorist activities.”
Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-South Carolina, expressed concerns that the man, who was here on a student visa, was being deported “due to national security concerns.” The full exchange appears on YouTube.
Napolitano responded that she was not aware of “anyone who is being deported for national concerns at all related to Boston. I don’t know where that rumor come[s] from.”
“I’m not saying it’s related to Boston, but he is being deported,” Duncan continued.
Napolitano interrupted: “Like I said, again, I don’t even think he was technically a person of interest or a suspect – that was a wash. And I am unaware of any proceeding there. I will clarify that for you, but I think this is an example of why it is so important to let law enforcement do its job.”
The letter from the House Committee on Homeland Security to Napolitano was signed by Republican representatives Duncan, Michael T. McCaul (Texas), Peter King (N.Y.), and Candice Miller (Mich.).
On Thursday Glenn Beck, who owns conservative network TheBlaze and Mercury Radio Arts, reported on his radio show that the Saudi national's visa was revoked and he would be deported.
Beck suspects the real culprits in the Boston bombing are being covered up. He said he would give the U.S. government until Monday to come clean on the Boston bombing investigation. He says he has information on the real bomber, which he will presumably release today.