Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) told FOX News this morning that he is prepared to block John Brennan’s nomination to CIA over the administration’s questionable domestic drone policy.
Paul accused Brennan of obfuscating on the issue of domestic drone use.
Sen. Rand Paul told USA TODAY Wednesday that he is prepared to put a “hold” on John Brennan’s nomination to head the CIA, and to filibuster it if necessary, until the administration responds to his questions about the use of drones in the United States.
The Kentucky Republican said he would do “whatever it takes” to block Brennan’s confirmation until he directly answers whether American citizens legally can be killed by drone strikes within U.S. borders.
Paul accused Brennan of obfuscating on the issue when it was raised at confirmation hearings before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week. Paul on Sunday said he wouldn’t vote for Brennan until the questions were answered, but he raised the stakes in an interview with Capital Download, a weekly video series on usatoday.com.
“He was asked a very specific question ‘Can you kill an American with a drone in America?’ And he refused to answer the question,” Paul said. “I find that very, very worrisome (and) we’re going to do whatever it takes to get the answer. Can the government, does the government, the president himself, claim the power to unilaterally kill an American in America without a trial?”
Brennan, a CIA veteran, has been the administration’s senior counterterrorism official for the past four years. President Obama nominated him to succeed David Petraeus as head of the intelligence agency.
White House spokesman Tommy Vietor declined to comment on Paul’s threat to delay confirmation.