Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), On The Nomination Of John Brennan To Be The Director Of The CIA

“I have worked with John Brennan, and I respect his record, his experience, and his dedication to public service.  But the administration has stonewalled me and the Judiciary Committee for too long on a reasonable request to review the legal justification for the use of drones in the targeted killing of American citizens.  The administration made the relevant OLC memorandum available to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in order to advance this nomination.  I expect the Judiciary Committee, which has oversight of the Office of Legal Counsel, to be afforded the same access.  For that reason, I reluctantly opposed Mr. Brennan’s nomination.”

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