Holder finally answers Rand Paul on drones; Paul responds, ‘Hooray’ and will drop opposition to Brennan

Attorney General Eric Holder finally responded to Sen. Rand Paul via letter, after the senator’s thirteen hour filibuster yesterday.

Here is the letter:

The answer is “no”:

“Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on an American soil,” Holder wrote, per Carney. “The answer is no.”



Seriously. In any event, Sen. Paul was pleased … after he finally received the letter himself.

Sen. Paul announced to Dana Bash on CNN that he will be dropping his opposition to Brennan’s nomination for CIA Director.

Vote now set to commence shortly.

Twitchy will continue to monitor this story and update with further developments. Stay tuned!

Update: Photo.

  • Bazookachew

    where are the peace loving lefties????? Hiding in the same place as the feminists went while CLinton plays around with young women!

    • Canadian in USA

      They’re actually cheering on Sen. Paul. I mean, even CODE PINK supported Rand Paul. (I never thought I’d see a day when I agree with Code Pink even once.)

      • catb55

        Some of them .. then again McCain and Graham .. RINOs are not. They should be ran out of D.C. tarred and feathered and on a rail .. that is what our ancestors would be doing!

        • Canadian in USA

          I agree. I think it’s time for some new people in Washington who are willing to defend the Constitution to take over the GOP. (I was going to say young blood, but there may be some of the more “seasoned” citizens who will stand by and defend the Constitution.)

        • Canadian in USA

          Sorry to double-reply, but Rush has a great op on this: http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/03/07/gop_ruling_class_on_the_brink

      • Ntr

        I don’t know, i’d say there all plenty of (formerly) ‘peace-loving lefties’ who are spitting nothing but vile words at Rand Paul.

  • Canadian in USA

    Finally! An answer from the Attorney General! Well done, Sen Paul. Now can you ask him about Fast and Furious? That should only take a week.

    • conservativechick

      ‘It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question”??? HAHAHA SAME QUESTION, as far as I can see an you could have said the answer to that question is “NO” long ago. I’m still concerned about what the Obama administration would consider “engaged in combat.” Sorry, I just do not trust them at all.
      As far as F&F, they swept that one under the rug for good a year ago.

      • Ntr

        “I’m still concerned about what the Obama administration would consider “engaged in combat.”

        Same here, probably being involved with a protest or criticizing Obama (or anyone in his administration) is considered ‘engaged in combat’ in their eyes. Furthermore, we have to think further down the road, considering these drones, involving even more ‘rights-eroding’ leaders in the future that won’t hesitate using drones on American citizens domestically.

  • Brian Roastbeef

    How dare Rand Paul go off and get himself an answer from the Attorney General! McCain never went around as a freshman Senator demanding answers from Roger Taney!

    Crazy young tea party types thinking they should control the narrative, while hardworking establishment Senators were busy eating mashed potatoes and creamed corn at the king’s table.

  • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

    ‘It has come to my “attention”…. I bet he had to look up the meaning of that word.

  • wisealic

    President does not have authority, but that won’t stop him.

    • Francis

      Holder’s letter is no guarantee at all. He and Obama do nothing but lie.

  • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

    Ha! Ha! Made you flinch!!!! >:’)

  • catb55

    Rand Paul and Ted Cruz Introduce Legislation to Prohibit
    Drone Killings of U.S. Citizens — Read the Entire Bill Here


    They are still working to protect American citizens …

  • Ntr

    Check out McCain’s opinion on Rand Paul’s filibuster. That Obama embracing RINO McCain needs to retire…

  • stellatruman

    I am beginning to think that any of us who question the dear leader’s policies will put us on a drone attack list 😉