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Morning Read: Leahy to be Granted Access to Drone Memo



Nearly a year and a half since he first asked for it, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is poised to get his mitts on a controversial legal memo justifying the use of lethal force against suspected American terrorists living abroad.

The White House has closely guarded the secret Office of Legal Counsel memo, which was used to justify the killing by drone strike of the American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in September 2011. Despite Leahy's repeated calls for access to the memo, only the Senate and House intelligence committees have seen it.

But as The Hill's Jordy Yager is reporting, the White House has told Leahy that he and other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will be granted access to the memo today:

Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) told The Hill that he and other members of the panel will be given access to the detailed Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) memos...

On Tuesday Leahy said the administration was planning to come to Capitol Hill and make documents available for committee members to read on Wednesday.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the panel's ranking member, is also planning to be there to see the documents, according to his spokeswoman. 

Read The Hill's full story here.