White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced during Thursday’s briefing that Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) this morning regarding the administration’s policy on drone strikes targeting Americans on U.S. soil. Holder’s letter stated definitively that the U.S. would not use “weaponized” drones to targets American citizens on domestic soil.
Reading directly from Holder’s letter to Paul, Carney said, “Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil? The answer is no.”
Holder’s letter comes after he appeared to admit the unconstitutionality of the practice during a Senate hearing Wednesday that proceeded Paul’s nearly thirteen-hour long filibuster on the subject.
Members of the White House Press Corps reported on the letter live from the press room.
NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell was one of the first to tweet the news about the letter:
CNN’s Dana Bash later tweeted that Paul had not yet received the letter that Carney indicated had been delivered:
UPDATE: Attorney General Eric Holder’s letter to Rand Paul has been made available online and can be viewed below.
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