Paul threatens holding up OK for next FBI chief

AP News
Posted: Jul 10, 2013 5:26 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul is threatening to block approval of President Barack Obama's nominee as the next FBI director until he gets answers about drone use inside the United States.

The Kentucky Republican says he has written the FBI twice seeking the agency's rules for domestic drone use. He says he has told the FBI he'll put a hold on James Comey's nomination until his questions are answered.

Comey spent 15 years as federal prosecutor before serving in Bush administration. Obama has nominated him to replace outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Paul cited Mueller's June 19 testimony about FBI drone use in the U.S.

Paul told The Associated Press on Wednesday his questions are "reasonable" but have been ignored thus far.

He says Americans should know what privacy protections exist.