Obama Administration to Reveal Drone Memo

Obama Administration to Reveal Drone Memo

President Barack Obama speaks at the National Organizing Summit in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
President Barack Obama speaks at the National Organizing Summit in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

 

(Politico) – President Barack Obama’s administration has agreed to make public edited versions of a memo one of his judicial nominees wrote finding it lawful to use drones to kill an American terror suspect overseas, an administration official said Tuesday.

The decision to release the memo emerged on the eve of a scheduled Senate cloture vote Wednesday on confirming former Justice Department official David Barron to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Some senators had signaled they were reluctant to confirm Barron without broader access to the legal opinions he wrote while at Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel.

Two weeks ago, after the issue emerged as a possible obstacle to Barron’s confirmation, the White House made some legal memos he wrote available to all senators. The documents had previously been available only to members of the Judiciary and Intelligence committees.

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