Sen. Rand Paul ended his quest Thursday to block a vote on the nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director after he received an answer from the Obama administration about his question on drones.
Paul's decision to back down cleared the way for a final Senate vote this afternoon, and the chamber confirmed Brennan in a 63-34 vote that crossed party lines.
In a letter to Paul Thursday afternoon, Attorney General Eric Holder said that the president does not have the authority to use a drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil.
Margaret Hoover, Peter Beinart and Gloria Borger discuss Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster to stall a confirmation vote for President Obama's nominee for CIA Director, John Brennan. He began speaking at 11:47 a.m. on Wednesday and continued until 12:38 a.m. Thursday morning.
Paul used his time on the Senate floor to question the Obama Administration's use of drones against American citizens abroad, and the ability for the president to authorize a drone strike within the United States.
"This filibuster ... is all about getting attention," says Borger. "Because he knows he's not going to stop the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA."
Sen. Robert Menendez slammed accusations that he had paid a Dominican woman for sex and expressed hope Tuesday that those behind the claims would be exposed in the wake of the woman's notarized confession that she'd never even met the New Jersey Democrat.
"I hope that you will all vigorously go after who was the source and purpose as you did go after the story at the time," he told reporters.
In a notarized statement filed in court, Nexis de los Santos Santana said she was filmed without her knowledge when she claimed that Menendez had paid her to have sex.
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