Feb 13, 2013 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from The Weekly Standard: Senator Rand Paul is pledging to “hold” John Brennan’s nomination for CIA director, a statement from his Senate office reports.
“I have asked Mr. Brennan if he believed that the President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and my question remains unanswered. I will not allow a vote on this nomination until Mr. Brennan openly responds to the questions and concerns my colleagues and I share.” Paul’s statement reads.
Excerpted from CBS News: Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., is threatening to delay a vote on John Brennan’s confirmation for CIA director, he said today in a statement, and says he won’t let Brennan’s nomination go to a vote until the nominee “openly responds to the questions and concerns my colleagues and I share” with regard to the administration’s drone policy.
Paul, who last night delivered a rebuttal to the president’s State of the Union address on behalf of the Tea Party, said he has unanswered questions with regard to the administration’s “power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil,” and that he “will not allow a vote” until he has received answers that satisfy his curiosity.
“These issues must be discussed openly so that the American people can understand what constraints exist on the government’s power to use lethal force against its citizens,” Paul said. “Before confirming Mr. Brennan as the head of the CIA, it must be apparent that he understands and will honor the protections provided to every American by the Constitution.”