On Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul announced he is planning to put a "hold" on John Brennan's nomination to be the next Director of the CIA. As liberty-minded Americans have raised concerns over Mr. Brennan's history of supporting executive power grabs like targeted drone strikes, Senator Paul has sought answers to key questions that must be addressed before Mr. Brennan can be properly considered by the Senate.
Senator Paul's statement reads:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Rand Paul today announced he is prepared to hold the nomination of John Brennan as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) until he receives sufficient answers to two letters of inquiry he sent to Mr. Brennan regarding the use of drones.
"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." Sen. Paul said.
"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. 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," he continued.
You can urge your senators to demand Mr. Brennan answer Senator Paul's questions by contacting their offices today.