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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Sunday defended the decision to read the Boston bombings suspect his Miranda rights, saying that there was no basis for law enforcement to continue questioning him under the public safety exemption.

Schiff, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, backed the administration against criticism from Republicans, who have argued the federal government lost valuable intelligence when lone surviving suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stopped talking after he was read his Miranda rights.

Schiff said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the FBI couldn’t keep holding him because there was no immediate threat to the public.

“The FBI always wants to interview as long as it possibly can, to find out what happened overseas, but the public safety exception only really goes toward protecting the public,” Schiff said. “Once they’ve got that,” he said, the exception can’t continue.