Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) entered the twelfth hour of his filibuster of President Barack Obama’s CIA nominee John Brennan on Wednesday, still begging the White House to assure Congress and the American people that the Obama administration wouldn’t use drone strikes to kill Americans on U.S. soil.
Since the beginning, Paul has assured the White House that the vote on Brennan’s confirmation could proceed if the administration would simply admit that drone strikes on U.S. soil against American citizens are “unconstitutional.”
“I have a message here from, not from the White House, a message saying the White House hasn’t returned our phone calls,” Paul said on the Senate floor at around 8 p.m. ET. “If anybody knows anybody at the White House and wants to call them, we are looking for an answer from the White House.”
Further, White House officials have responded to messages from Politico seeking comment on the issue and “they have nothing to say,” Politico reports.
“Maybe they’re going to call me when the sequester’s over,” Paul joked. “I really think that one of the courtesies that they ought to think about is, particularly if what they’re hearing is something that they don’t object to, why not end the debate by going ahead and letting us know?”
The senator from Kentucky then added, “You’d think that would be a pretty easy answer for them.”