Count Jon Stewart as a supporter of Sen. Rand Paul’s talking filibuster of John Brennan’s nomination to become the next CIA director.
First a bit of background, from Stewart. “Rand Paul had sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, asking just a simple question: Can a President use a drone to take out an American citizen on U.S. soil?’ Now, you’d think you’d get a letter back that would be like, no way.”
Stewart continued: “Holder writes back a letter that, while never directly addressing the question, kind of, sort of implied that hypothetically, in the right — yes, yes we could do that. We can do that. We probably won’t, but yes.”
So Paul took to the Senate floor and started talking. “I can’t say I agree with Rand Paul about everything, but as issues go, drone oversight is one certainly worth kicking up a fuss for,” Stewart said.
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