"When the government seeks to kill one of its citizens, it is a huge deal. It is -- it takes years, if not decades, to carry out the sentence. And we're talking about heinous crimes.
Here you have a senior, unaccountable DOJ official who makes the determination that recent activities lead him to conclude he's an imminent threat and you can send a drone to kill him, not to torture him but to kill him.
So I am troubled any time government is as non-transparent as this. I mean, this had to be leaked. We didn't know what their thought process was. When government targets its own citizens, I cannot imagine anything more serious than that!" said Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina.