McCain, though, also has threatened a hold on Brennan over questions about his views on the harsh interrogation methods used by the George W. Bush administration during a time when Brennan served in the CIA. McCain said Tuesday that Brennan had still not answered those questions.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., also has threatened a hold on Brennan’s nomination until the administration answers whether it has the authority to conduct drone strikes on U.S. soil, something he called a “horrific idea.” And even if the Intelligence Committee receives an answer, it won’t be enough, Paul said. “It needs to be public,” he said.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.