Transcript: Exchange between Rep. Jeff Duncan & Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on the Saudi man questioned by police after the Boston Marathon bombings

Transcript of the exchange between Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) on the Saudi man questioned by police after the Boston Marathon bombings. The exchange took place during House Homeland Security Committee hearing on April 18, 2013:

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.):
Madam Secretary, first off, let me say thank you [for] what you and your department do to try to keep America safe, and it’s certainly appreciated…

I’m very concerned about this person of interest that was detained at the hospital in Boston following the marathon madness. He is, I believe, scheduled to be deported next week. And now, I understand he’s been cleared of any wrongdoing [or] involvement in Boston, but he’s being deported due to national security concerns. CBS says this: This gentleman is here on a student visa. He was at the scene, along with many other people when the blast happened. As everybody’s standing in shock, three Boston PD detectives see this guy moving quickly out of the crowd. As they’re watching him, he seems to be moving very deliberately, which could be a very natural thing after a bombing; they stopped him because he’s covered with blood. They end up taking him to the hospital. That’s straight off CBS.

And we’re asking average Americans to help ID and assist law enforcement in identifying who the bomber was – see something, say something.

And now we have someone who’s being deported due to national security concerns and I’m assuming that he’s got some sort of link to terror or he wouldn’t be deported. He was at the scene. He can possibly ID the bomber just like we’re asking every other American that was on the scene to provide your pictures, help us identify who may have been acting funny. Everybody – we’re asking that that was in Boston. And we’ve got this guy who was there. We know he was there. He was arrest or… was detained at the hospital, covered with blood. He was at the scene. And we’re going to…[Overlapping audio]

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano:
If I might – I am unaware of anyone who is being deported for national security concerns at all related to Boston. I don’t know where…[Overlapping audio]

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.):
Now that was related to Boston but he is being deported…

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano:
No, I – I – like I said, I – again, I don’t even think he was technically a person of interest or a suspect. That was a wash. And I’m 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.

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.):
I want them to do their job and that’s why I said wouldn’t you agree with me that it’s negligent for us American administration to deport someone who was reportedly at the scene of the bombing and we’re going to deport him not to be able to question him anymore? Is that not negligence?

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano:
I’m not going to answer that question. It’s so full of misstatements and misapprehensions that it’s just not worthy of an answer.

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.):
CBS reports that the gentleman was there. We did detain him at the hospital. He was covered with blood. We’ve cleared him of any wrongdoing but it has been reported he is being deported…

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano:
There’s been so much reported on this that’s been wrong I can’t even begin to tell you, Congressman. We will provide you with accurate information as it becomes available.

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