Boston bombing suspect facing federal charges

Posted on: 10:12 am, April 23, 2013, by and , updated on: 10:20am, April 23, 2013

WASHINGTON – The Boston bombing suspect is facing two federal charges Tuesday morning: use of a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property with an explosive device.

But how he’s being prosecuted and what that means for immigration is drawing much criticism in Washington.

Members of Congress will learn more about the investigation in a closed briefing Tuesday afternoon.

Many are already questioning why Dhokhar Tsarnaev won’t be tried as an enemy combatant.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said “We will prosecute the terrorist through our civilian system of justice.”

Tsarnaev faces two federal charges that could result in the death penalty.

Officials said he told investigators he and his brother acted alone and learned how to make bombs on the internet.