Gloria Borger, CNN’s chief political analyst, weighed in on Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) ongoing filibuster of President Barack Obama’s nominee to become the next director of the Senate Intelligence Agency. Paul mounted the filibuster to receive information from the administration regarding the Justice Department’s recent admission that American citizens could be killed on U.S. soil by military drones. Borger dismissed Paul’s concerns as hypothetical and said they stem from the senator’s mistrust of the government.
Both John King and Borger read from a letter Sen. Paul received from Attorney General Eric Holder’s office. In the letter, Holder responded to a question about whether the government could legally justify the killing of an American citizen on U.S. soil in the affirmative.
Both noted, however, that Paul’s question was rooted in a hypothetical scenario, and Holder said that the eventuality of that scenario coming to pass was highly unlikely.
“For Rand Paul, it really comes down to a basic mistrust of government,” Borger observed. “Because [Holder] refused to completely closed the door – because there are always extraordinary circumstances – if you don’t trust the government to do the right thing, and you don’t think there’s enough oversight, then you’re going to be on the floor filibustering.”
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