Seagal Stars on Congress' Russia Trip to Probe Boston
Bombing could have been averted, lawmakers conclude
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2013 3:54 AM CDT
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, left, Rep. Steven Cohen, center, and Steven Seagal, right, speak to the media in Moscow yesterday,   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

(Newser) – US lawmakers who visited Russia to learn more about the lead-up to the Boston bombings say the two countries need to cooperate more—though perhaps that was made obvious by the fact that the tour required the help of actor Steven Seagal to arrange key meetings. The action star is well-connected in Russia and even offered to take the congressional delegation to Chechnya, although that trip was called off because House rules prevented the lawmakers from traveling on his private plane, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The lawmakers concluded that greater cooperation between security services could have prevented the Boston attacks, but they couldn't identify any specific failings by intelligence services in either country, the New York Times reports. "Yes, it could have been averted," said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, the Republican who led the delegation. "Not just by one mistake by the United States or one mistake made over here in Russia, but instead by making sure that both countries were working together on a much higher level."

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Jun 3, 2013 6:32 PM CDT
Someone should have asked him about the time he shit his pants when he was put in a chokehold.
Jun 3, 2013 5:30 PM CDT
What's more pathetic that our lawmakers needed the help of a b movie actor to get things done or that Steven Seagal was the actor?
Jun 3, 2013 4:47 PM CDT
This sonofabitch shouldn't be part of this.