During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today on Capitol Hill, Texas Senator Ted Cruz heavily questioned Attorney General Eric Holder about the Department of Justice position on drones, enforcing the law and Operation Fast and Furious. As Guy documented extensively earlier, Holder has made it clear his DOJ can kill American citizens on U.S. soil with drones in “extraordinary circumstances.” Cruz repeatedly asked Holder if this stance was constitutional, to which Holder refused to give a clear yes or no answer. The word “constitutional” never came out of Holder’s mouth.* (see update)
“I have to tell you I find it remarkable that in that hypothetical which is deliberately very simple you are unable to give a simple one word, one syllable answer: no,” Cruz said. “You keep saying appropriate. My question isn’t about propriety; my question is about whether something constitutional or not.”
On Operation Fast and Furious, Cruz asked Holder about White House involvement in the program considering President Obama asserted executive privilege last summer to prevent the overturning of DOJ documents about the case, despite denying any involvement or knowledge about the operation. Remember, three members of the White House national security team received emails about the program during the time it was active and before Congress and the public knew about it. Naturally, Holder said the White House only communicated about Fast and Furious with the Department of Justice after the congressional investigation started in early 2011.
“To my knowledge, there are no communications dealing with the operational component of Fast and Furious,” Holder said.