“It is clear the events we have seen over the past few days in Boston were an attempt to kill American citizens and terrorize a major American city. The accused perpetrators of these acts were not common criminals attempting to profit from a criminal enterprise, but terrorist trying to injure, maim, and kill innocent Americans,” they said in a joint statement. “Now that the suspect is in custody, the last thing we should want is for him to remain silent. It is absolutely vital the suspect be questioned for intelligence gathering purposes. ... The least of our worries is a criminal trial which will likely be held years from now.”
Obama also made his first public remarks about the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. The people there “are not forgotten,” he said, and will have all the resources they need. He added, “All in all this has been a tough week, but we’ve seen the character of our country once more.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.