The White House is offering to show senators a secret paper justifying the drone strike on an American citizen written by one of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees.
The White House is hoping the disclosure will lead to confirmation of appellate court nominee David Barron. He's a Harvard Law professor who had worked at the Justice Department on the case of Anwar Al-Awlaki, an American-born al-Qaida leader killed by a drone in 2011.
The American Civil Liberties Union wants a delay in Barron's confirmation vote until senators have a chance to review memos he wrote on the drone program.
The White House responded Tuesday that it will show a classified and unredacted copy of the al-Awlaki opinion to any senator who would like to see it.