The top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee says he doesn't yet see the evidence to support Obama administration claims that the Times Square bombing suspect was working on behalf of the Pakistani Taliban.
Sen. Kit Bond, R-Missouri, also is criticizing Attorney General Eric Holder for launching what he calls a "hostile takeover" of the intelligence community....
"We hear there's lots of strong suspicions and lots of trails they are following," said the senator. "I'm not convinced by the information I've seen so far that there was adequate, confirmable intelligence to collaborate the statements that were made on Sunday television shows," he added.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-California, disagreed with Bond's contention, but said she would not debate it in public. Feinstein did say that based on the intelligence she had seen "there is a high likelihood that he (Shahzad) did have training in Pakistan..from the Taliban."
And Justice Department spokesman Boyd said the administration stands by the statements made by Holder and Brennan on Sunday.
A U.S. counterterrorism official said there is "no doubt" of a connection between the Pakistan Taliban and Shahzad, but the extent of that linkage is still not clear. "More time is needed to put meat on the bone," said the official.