February 23, 2013
POLITICS IN THE ERA OF HOPE AND CHANGE: Rand Paul: White House should pledge no drone strikes on American soil.
The Kentucky senator said he had sent a letter to John Brennan, Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, but had not yet received a response.
“I’ve asked serious questions, serious constitutional questions,” Paul said. “I’ve gotten zero response. And that is sort of the way this administration is treating Congress. The Senate has the right to advise and consent and approve nominees. I’ve not got one word of response from the administration on this.”
Paul has pledged to attempt to delay Brennan’s nomination until the White House responds to his inquiry.
“It’s inexcusable that the administration will not answer ‘absolutely no, we will not do this,’ ” Paul said.
Earlier this month, NBC News obtained a Department of Justice white paper outlining the specific circumstances under which the United States can conduct a lethal drone strike against an American citizen abroad.
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