Sen. Rand Paul Says He Will Release Hold On Comey Nomination

AP

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Monday he would release his hold on the pending nomination of FBI director, James Comey. In a statement on his website, Paul said he opted to release the hold since the FBI responded Monday to his questions on the domestic use of surveillance drones.  

Paul had last written the FBI on July 25 asking about the agency’s policy on using drones on American soil.

Stephen Kell, assistant director at the FBI’s Office of Congressional Affairs, responded, saying the FBI does not necessarily need a warrant to deploy the technology.

While Paul said in his statement that while he did not agree with this interpretation, he would release the hold since he received a response. The Senate is taking a cloture vote on Comey’s nomination Monday afternoon.  

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