President Obama's Homeland Security Adviser, John Brennan, told NBC’s David Gregory on Sunday's “Meet the Press, that he briefed Republican Leaders (Senators Mitch McConnell & Kit Bond, Representatives John Boehner & Pete Hoekstra.) and none of them -- NOT-A-ONE -- raised a single concerns about underwear bomber's arrest, being mirandized or that he wasn't going into military custody.
Brennan 'tiring' of 'political football' over terror
On Christmas night, I called a number of-- senior members of Congress. I spoke to Senators McConnell and Bond. I spoke to Representative Boehner and Hoekstra. I explained to them that he was in F.B.I. custody. That Mr. Abdulmutallab was in fact talking. That he was cooperating at that point. They knew that in F.B.I. custody means that there's a process then you follow as far as mirandizing and presenting him in front of the magistrate.
None of those individuals raised any concerns with me, at that point. They didn't say, "Is he going into military custody? Is he going to be mirandized?" They were very appreciative of the information. We told them we'd keep them informed. And that's what we did. So, there's been-- quite a bit of an outcry after the fact. Where again, I'm just very concerned on behalf of the counterterrorism professionals throughout our government that politicians continue to make this a political football. And are using it for whatever political or partisan purposes.