U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is telling FBI director Robert Mueller that he will object to the nomination of his successor until he gets answers on domestic drone use.
In a letter this week to Director Mueller, Senator Paul turns up the heat for an explanation of how the FBI uses surveillance drones on U.S. soil.
“The American people have a right to know the limits that the federal government operates under when using these drones, and whether further action is needed to protect the rights of innocent Americans," writes Paul.
The letter is a follow-up to a previous letter sent on June 20 that asked for a response by July 1. Senator Paul states in his latest correspondence that until he gets adequate answers to his questions, the Kentucky Republican will object to the nomination of James Comey as the next FBI director and encourage his colleagues to the do the same.
Drone use is a hot-button issue for Paul, who in March, filibustered for 13 hours the nomination of CIA Director John Brennan over the use of domestic drones.
An aide to Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is coming under fire for his political views on race relations and more.
According to a report in The Washington Free Beacon, Jack Hunter, who co-authored Paul's first book and now serves in his Washington office, worked as a radio personality in South Carolina in the '90's using the name "The Southern Avenger". In that capacity, he expressed sympathy for President Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth, said slavery was not the cause of the Civil War, bashed Hispanic immigrants, and advocated secession for South Carolina.
He did repudiate some of his more controversial statements in the Free Beacon story, saying it was his job back in his radio days to "provoke and inflame", but that he now abhors racism and advocates equal protection under the law for all people. The story notes he did not rule out his support for secession.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says he’s hoping to show people in the early presidential primary state of South Carolina that he can appeal to a broad audience.
Paul spoke with The Associated Press prior to a Friday trip to South Carolina, home to the South’s first presidential primary balloting.
The 50-year-old freshman Republican and tea party favorite’s name is frequently mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential contender, and he’s made recent trips to other early primary states including Iowa and New Hampshire. He’s spending some time in South Carolina raising money and meeting with tea party-leaning groups.
State GOP chairman Matt Moore says South Carolina voters are eager to hear Paul’s conservative message. Moore says the state will host other potential 2016 White House hopefuls in the coming months.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has suggested that Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage will move the country closer to accepting marriages between people and animals.
A spokeswoman for the Bowling Green Republican insists the Senator was being sarcastic.
Paul’s comments came during an appearance on Glenn Beck’s radio program. Beck asked the Kentucky Senator if the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act would eventually lead to the legalization of polygamous marriage. Paul responded by saying, “I think it’s a conundrum. If we have no laws on this, people take it to one extension further, does it have to be humans, you know?”
U.S. Senator Rand Paul says he has sympathy for Edward Snowden, the man who leaked information on the National Security Agency's surveillance operations.
In Bowling Green this week, Paul was asked how history will judge Snowden, who's facing espionage charges. Sen. Paul said Snowden never lied to anyone, unlike National Intelligence Director James Clapper, who lied under oath to Congress.
“He says 'I lied in the name of national security.' On the other hand, Edward Snowden told the truth in defense of privacy, but broke his national security clearance. When you work in government you take a pledge not to reveal secrets, but you also take a pledge to the Constitution," explained Paul. "The question becomes 'Is it a type of accepted civil disobedience to break your security pledge in defense of the Constitution?'"
If it turns out he leaked secrets to foreign governments, Paul said Snowden would be judged harshly, but history would judge him kindly as a defender of privacy.