WASHINGTON, D.C. (KTRE) - Sen. John Cornyn, (R-TX) called on President Barack Obama's administration to disclose any Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) opinions regarding the president's the authority the killing of American citizens abroad during the course of counterterrorism operations.
"The Obama Administration must immediately release all legal opinions explaining the president's authority to execute American citizens abroad to Congress," Cornyn said in a press release Wednesday. 'The self-described 'most-transparent Administration in history' owes more of an explanation to the American people on why they can be targeted for execution abroad that legal fluff packaged for and deliberately leaked to the media."
Cornyn serves on the US Senate's Finance and Judiciary Committees. He is also the ranking Republican member on the Judiciary Committee's Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security subcommittee. Before he was elected to the Senate, Cornyn has previously served as the Texas Attorney General, a Texas Supreme Court justice, and a district judge in Bexar County.
According to an Associated Press story, members of Congress are looking to limit America's authority to kill suspected terrorists, including US citizens, with drone attacks.
"The Democratic-led outcry was emboldened by the revelation in a newly surfaced Justice Department memo that shows drones can strike against a wider range of threats, with less evidence, than previously believed," the Associated Press story stated.
To read the full Associated Press story about Congress' reaction to the memo, check out this link.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.