It was an incredible, and almost surreal, back-and-forth between Attorney General Eric Holder and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz Wednesday during a line of questioning in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on drone attacks against Americans on U.S. soil.
Mediaite provided the segment that showed Cruz asking Holder, “In your legal judgment, does the Constitution allow a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil to be killed by a drone?”
For the next couple of minutes, Holder, as only a lawyer can do, refused to answer the question, talked in circles, and played semantics.
“I have to tell you I find it remarkable that in that hypothetical, which is deliberately very simple, you are not able to give a simple, one-word answer: no,” an incredulous Cruz finally said.
When Cruz was about to end the line of questioning, Holder quickly clarified he was trying to say “no” all along, to which Cruz retorted,
Well then I am glad. I am very glad to hear that it is the opinion of the Department of Justice that it would be unconstitutional to kill a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil if that individual did not pose an imminent threat.
Watch the incredible segment from the Justice Department Oversight hearing here via Mediaite: