Republican senator fillibusters against CIA nomination
Updated: Thursday, March 7 2013, 08:43 AM EST
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The battle continued in Washington Thursday morning over who will become the next director of the CIA.
A Republican senator used an old-style filibuster to try to delay that nomination as long as possible.
Senator Rand Paul spoke for nearly 13 hours, explaining why the Senate should not approve John Brennan's nomination as the next CIA Chief.
Paul stood in front of the Senate saying, “I will speak until I can no longer speak. I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court."
Senator Paul focused the majority of his filibuster on that controversial drone issue.
The speech energized a number of his Republican colleagues, who joined him on the Senate floor in a show of support.
But in the end, Senator Paul decided to give up the microphone around one o’clock Wednesday morning.
"I would go another 12 hours but I’ve discovered that there are some limits to filibustering and I’m going to have to go take care of one of those in a few minutes here,” Senator Paul finally joked, referring to not being able to leave the floor to use the bathroom.
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell says he will continue to fight Brennan's confirmation.
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