The Steven Seagal-organized delegation to visit Russia and investigate those involved in the Boston Marathon bombings finally took place. Though the Congressional group didn’t make it to Chechnya, Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Steve King (R-Iowa), Paul Cook (R-Calif.) and Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) headed to Moscow to investigate the bombings.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that the visit revealed any new information about bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. “There is nothing specific that could’ve been done that we can point to that, had it been done differently, would’ve prevented this,” Rohrabacher, the delegation’s leader, says at a Moscow news conference.
According to him, Seagal’s involvement was a beneficial asset to the team. “We are very appreciative of the help he has given this congressional delegation to make sure we accomplished our mission,” Rohrabacher says. “I don’t know if [Deputy Prime Ministers Dmitri Rogozin] would have been available to us without Steven actually suggesting that he do that. We are very pleased that he opened up some doors for us so we could have some very high level discussions.”
As for Seagal’s friendship with Russia’s President Vladmir Putin and Chechnya’s President Ramzan Kadyrov, he says, “I’m friends with many presidents of many countries and there’s rumors about all of them.”