The quid pro quo:
"Amazingly, after all this, and just months after Tamerlan’s return from Russia in 2012, Tamerlan applied for US citizenship. Even more striking, that same unidentified FBI agent who knew so much about Tamerlan nevertheless stated: “There is no national security concern related to [Tamerlan Tsarnaev] and nothing that I know of that should preclude issuance of whatever is being applied for.”"Tamerlan Tsarnaev's citizenship application was pending" Note that the citizenship application was held up as he had allegedly beaten up a girlfriend, and this last operation, he and his brother leaving a pair of backpacks at the site of what they were told was an anti-terrorism drill, would have been the last job he had to do before they fast-tracked his citizenship.
A US Citizenship and Immigration Services officer says he actually met with the FBI agent and told him that Tsarnaev was on track to be granted citizenship. Despite all that knew, the FBI agent apparently had no objection."