March 7th, 2013
03:05 PM ET

Paul 'happy' on drones, will allow vote

[Updated at 3:03 p.m. ET] Sen. Rand Paul has told CNN's Dana Bash that he will allow a vote to end his filibuster against CIA director nominee John Brennan.

He says he's doing this because he's received an answer from the Obama administration about his question on drones.

[Posted at 2:15 p.m. ET] After a nearly 13-hour filibuster by Sen. Rand Paul over his questions about drones, the U.S. attorney general has given a response.

Attorney General Eric Holder says the president does not have the authority to use a drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil, according to a letter he addressed to Sen. Rand Paul on Thursday.

"It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: 'Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?' The answer to that question is no," the letter states.

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  1. Rascal Rabble

    well alwwight...there will be no blowin t'bits of american citizens...drone daddy yahjust gonna haftah stick to beercans, beerbottles, and terrorists...yeeee-haaahhh!

    March 7, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • ..

      Whoya callin drone daddy? Commin soon to a nawlins nayborhud nearya.

      March 7, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. William Patrick O'Flannery

    O you silly goose.

    March 7, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sarcastic

    Oh good. Paul is happy.

    The system works.


    March 7, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sarcastic

    It's a good thing Paul did this or the President would be killing folks left, right and center with those drones.

    March 7, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    This will hopefully put to rest all of the conspiracy theorist's idea that the President will use drones on our citizens within the US, just as I stated all along will not happen.

    March 7, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      banasy: Makes me wonder what the heck WE, the people are thinking? IF any president, or one of our "elected children" did this it would result in immediate impeachment, and jail time for anyone following such an order!

      March 8, 2013 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    True. Now you just gotta worry about the CIA! Lol

    March 7, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Name s kel

    Does the sen. Run a moonshine still that hes been sippin on?

    March 7, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |