(KCEN) -- A lengthy discussion today on Capitol Hill revolved around drones targeting American citizens.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder faced the Senate Judiciary Committee today.
He was hit with a number of questions about his comments on drones being used to kill Americans on U.S. soil.
Holder's views had originally been sent in a letter to Senator Rand Paul.
Paul had originally asked CIA Director nominee John Brennan for the administration's views on presidential power to authorize lethal force.
In the letter, Holder said it's possible to imagine an extraordinary circumstance that the President could legally authorize lethal force, like a drone strike, within the United States.
Things got heated when Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz questioned Holder's stance on the constitutionality of the drones.
Cruz said, "I find it remarkable that you still will not give an opinion on constitutionality. Let me move onto the next topic, because we've gone round and round."
Holder said, "Well translate my ... let me be clear. Translate my opinion to no. I thought I was saying no. Alright, no."
The Justice Department earlier in the day turned over new documents.
They outlined the legal rationale for lawfully targeting Americans overseas who are involved in terror-related activities.