Obama To Provide Drones Memo To Congress (UPDATE)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has directed the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel to grant congressional intelligence committees access to a classified memo outlining the administration’s legal justification for targeted killing, an administration official said Wednesday evening.

The administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the president personally made the decision to release the memo.

Obama was facing increased pressure from members of Congress to provide the memorandum — which the administration had not formally acknowledged existed — after NBC News published a copy of the white paper, which provides the broad legal justification for targeted killing of suspected terrorists using drones.

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