During a recent DOJ Oversight Committee hearing, Senator Ted Cruz didn’t hold back when given the opportunity to question Attorney General Eric Holder about the constitutionality of domestic drone strikes on U.S. citizens — the very issue Sen. Rand Paul soon after held the floor for 13 hours in a filibuster over.
By the time the intense questioning was over one thing was clear: Holder didn’t look good.
Discussing Holder’s letter to Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) saying the administration may consider a domestic drone strike on U.S. citizens, Cruz began by laying out a hypothetical scenario for the attorney general.
If a U.S. citizen whom the administration strongly believes to be a terrorist threat is sitting quietly at a cafe in the United States– not posing an imminent threat of death or bodily harm– does the Constitution allow a drone to kill that citizen?
“Ted Cruz took him apart yesterday,” Glenn described.
Watch the exchange here:
Glenn described the exchange as one of the most incredible things he’d ever seen, and later explained the reaction his family had upon watching the clip last night.
“I’m watching them and I’m watching their eyes and my wife keeps looking up at me like, “What? Wait a minute.” My daughter at one point just puts her hand over her mouth and gasps,” Glenn described. “Because it’s clear that Eric Holder will not say the president constitutionally does not have the right to be judge, jury and executioner.”
It wasn’t long after Cruz took Holder to task that Senator Rand Paul took a stand on the house floor and didn’t sit down for 13 long hours in one of the most memorable and important filibusters in United States history.