Drones in the US: Senators Could Derail CIA Nominee Confirmation Over Administration's Drone Program

A bipartisan group of 11 senators sent a letter to President Obama Monday asking for "any and all legal opinions" that describe the basis for the authority to "deliberately kill American citizens."  

The senators are threatening to "collide" with the administration during CIA director nominee John Brennan's confirmation hearing on Thursday over the White House recently leaked and controversial drone memo. 

"The executive branch's cooperation on this matter will help avoid an unnecessary confrontation that could affect the Senate's consideration of nominees for national security positions," the senators wrote. 

The drone program, one of the most important tools in the administration's counterterrorism campaign, has become a controversial part of Obama's foreign policy as critics from both sides of the aisle question its legality as well as its effectiveness as they say could exacerbate militant's resentment against the U.S (the senators' questions follow a 2011 drone strike in Yemen that killed two Americans; Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan). 

Read more on the AP

How much do you trust the information in this article?

MORE FROM

Yes, Donald Trump can fire Robert Mueller. Here’s how he can do it.

It's a complicated process, and it could get messy, but he can do it.

Charlie Gard’s parents say they want to take their son home to die

The parents are returning to court to fight for their right to take their son home.

Vatican shuts off historic fountains in the midst of devastating drought

Officials say it's the first time they can recall ever shutting off the Vatican's fountains.

The last baby orca to be born at SeaWorld dies after serious health issues

Kyara was the last baby orca to be born into SeaWorld's controversial breeding program.

President Donald Trump turns Boy Scout Jamboree into campaign rally

The president discussed health care, Hillary Clinton, Obama, big yachts and more to 40,000 Boy Scouts and volunteers

Yes, Donald Trump can fire Robert Mueller. Here’s how he can do it.

It's a complicated process, and it could get messy, but he can do it.

Charlie Gard’s parents say they want to take their son home to die

The parents are returning to court to fight for their right to take their son home.

Vatican shuts off historic fountains in the midst of devastating drought

Officials say it's the first time they can recall ever shutting off the Vatican's fountains.

The last baby orca to be born at SeaWorld dies after serious health issues

Kyara was the last baby orca to be born into SeaWorld's controversial breeding program.

President Donald Trump turns Boy Scout Jamboree into campaign rally

The president discussed health care, Hillary Clinton, Obama, big yachts and more to 40,000 Boy Scouts and volunteers