Attorney General Eric Holder said in March 6 congressional testimony that Obama would soon reveal more about the legal rationale for drone strikes.
“We have talked about a need for greater transparency,” said Holder, the chief U.S. law enforcement official.
Democrats outside the administration show growing impatience with the secrecy. West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller, a former Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, urged Obama to be more open during the president’s meeting with Senate Democrats on Tuesday, Politico reported.
John Podesta, a Democratic insider who oversaw Obama’s 2008 transition, wrote in The Washington Post on Wednesday that Obama “is ignoring the system of checks and balances that has governed our country from its earliest days.”
Last week, two Democratic senators voiced similar ideas in voting against confirming John Brennan as Obama’s CIA director.
HIGH COURT CANDIDATE
Garland, 60, was a high-level Justice Department official when President Bill Clinton appointed him a judge.
He was on Obama’s list of candidates for the U.S. Supreme Court when vacancies arose in 2009 and 2010. Obama chose others, but Garland remains a frequently cited judge on the influential appeals court in Washington.