Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) isn’t a fan of David Barron, President Obama’s judicial nominee for U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

In an op-ed today in the Boston Herald Paul wrote:

I’ve read the Barron memos concerning the legal justification for killing an American citizen overseas without a trial or legal representation. While the president forbids me from discussing what is in the memos, I can tell you what is not in the memos.

There is no valid legal precedent to justify the killing of an American citizen not engaged in combat. In fact, one can surmise as much because the legal question at hand has never been adjudicated.

In absentia.