Sen. Rand Paul threatens to hold up Brennan confirmation
Kentucky lawmaker speaks out
- Duration 5:03
- Date Feb 22, 2013
Kentucky lawmaker speaks out
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-- concerns over the possible use of drone strikes inside.
The United States could maybe do -- the president's pick to lead the CIA.
Senator -- -- in taking out threatening to filibuster John Brennan's nominations saying he's not satisfied.
With the nominees response about whether drone strikes on Americans in the United States.
And a letter to Brian earlier this week senator Paulson quote.
The question that I and many others have -- not whether the administration has or intends to carry out drone strikes inside the United States.
But whether it believes it has the authority to do -- If it's not clear that you won't honor the limits placed upon the executive branch by the consultation.
Then this and it should not -- -- to lead the CIA.
We're told that -- has not responded to this letter senator Rand Paul joins me now from Kentucky's a senator -- there so many issues in front of so many lawmakers in DC why is this issue in particular so bothersome to you that you could.
Want to prevents John Brennan becoming the head of the CIA.
Well you know the the idea that you get a trial before a jury in a judge if you're accused of a crime is something that we've had in our history.
Two English history as well as -- US history for 800 years.
It's a very important part of the bill of rights due process.
So over talking about -- not killing someone with a grenade launcher on their shoulder.
We're talking about some wine and eating at a cafe in Boston -- in new York and -- hellfire missile comes to reigning in on them.
There should be an easy answer from the administration on this they should say.
Absolutely no we will not kill Americans.
In America without an accusation -- trial and a jury so they are not talking about people engaged in lethal force I'm talking about people sitting at a cafe having coffee.
That's what's -- people like this are being killed around the world.
We should not do this in America and it's inexcusable that the administration will not answer absolutely no we will not do this.
Why you think they won't.
Well that's a real question I've asked serious questions serious constitutional questions.
I've gotten zero response.
And that sort of the way this administration is treating congress the senate has the right to advise and consent and -- nominees.
I've not gotten one word of response from the administration on -- asked.
Did president says he has no intention.
That sort of like saying well.
He doesn't like the Second Amendment either but he doesn't intend to overturn it at this time.
That's what he's saying he has no intention of dropping a drone or dropping a bomb from a drone on American right now he should say he has no right to do so.
Without a trial -- we're not talking about someone engaged in -- action or an imminent imminent violence.
We're talking about people they are targeting who are sitting and potentially conspiring.
You say you're concerned about the safety and security of Americans inside this country and our -- how concerned are you about our national security if there's a delay.
I'm getting the president's next national security team in place what do you think the riskiest.
I think zero I think the people who were in power currently would stay in power and those in charge of this -- career civil servants.
And so I think the titular head of the CIA whether they're delayed or not would make an iota of difference.
But I think constitutional questions trump all inconvenience the president might have.
And he needs to respond he needs to not say at this time -- not plan on killing Americans he needs to say absolutely not the constitution.
Protects American citizens on American soil if you're accused of a crime in America you get your day in court.
Senator Paul -- -- -- even really outspoken about sequester and when asked you about that because our viewers.
Today and for the next week -- gonna be hearing about the effects of sequester if it does indeed happen.
We've heard of hundreds of thousands of job losses.
Our -- not being inspected by federal officials.
About hundreds of thousands of kids being affected if this goes into effect what is your message to our viewers because you called the sequestration.
At -- into the grand scheme of things.
What do you think our viewers you consider when we also hear this from lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.
I would say balderdash.
It's untrue unfair and dishonest.
The president is making stuff up.
He puts law enforcement for he puts firemen and policemen -- 98% of them are being paid for with your local taxes.
And says you're gonna lose your local policemen.
Because of this it's not true.
Does sequester is a slowdown in the rate of growth of government.
It's the least we can do our country is drowning in a sea of debt borrowing 50000 dollars a second.
We have to slow down spending and for the president to use this histrionics is really I think that -- the office of the presidency.
Senator pop -- having on Saturday with a forehand he backs are.