Sen. Paul Says He'll Filibuster Obama Judicial Nominee Over Drone Issue
Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator says he plans to filibuster one of President Obama’s judicial nominations.
Bowling Green Republican Rand Paul says he wants to block the President’s nomination of David Barron for the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals because of Barron’s legal memos related to drones. During his time as a U.S. Justice Department lawyer, Barron reportedly authored at least two classified opinions giving the go-ahead to use drones to kill the U.S.-born extremist Anwar al-Awlaki in 2011 in Yemen.
Paul has been a strong critic of the Obama Administration’s policy of using drone strikes against Americans overseas, and gained national attention in 2013 for a 13-hour filibuster he conducted against the nomination of John Brennan as CIA chief.
Paul was demanding the White House state it would not use drones to kill a non-combatant American citizen on U.S. soil.
The Kentucky Senator now wants the White House to release at least one of the drone memos authored by Barron.