May 23, 2013
Rand Paul Filibusters John Brennan’s CIA Nomination
Posted on Mar 6, 2013
Telling his colleagues he would “speak until I can no longer speak,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor Wednesday to mount an old-school filibuster of John Brennan, President Obama’s pick to head the Central Intelligence Agency.
“I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA,” Paul began shortly before noon ET. “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.”
Five hours later, he was still going strong. Several other senators joined in Paul’s filibuster, including Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon and Republicans Ted Cruz of Texas, Marco Rubio of Florida and Mike Lee of Utah.
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—Posted by Tracy Bloom.
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