Reid warns Saturday vote possible on CIA nominee Brennan

A Saturday vote on John Brennan's nomination to lead the CIA is possible, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidMcConnell not yet ready to change rules for Trump nominees The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate Trump to press GOP on changing Senate rules MORE (D-Nev.) warned Thursday. 

Reid said he’s still hopeful that he can reach an agreement with Republicans to hold the vote Thursday, but warned he'd keep the Senate in town if necessary to get to a final up-or-down vote.

Reid frequently warns the Senate of possible Saturday votes, but rarely follows through.

The new threat comes a day after Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP Senate primary heats up in Montana Sarah Sanders: ‘Democrats are losing their war against women in the Trump administration’ Kentucky Dems look to vault themselves in deep-red district MORE (R-Ky.) filibustered Brennan’s nomination for more than 12 hours.

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Paul is demanding that the Obama administration say it won’t use drone attacks against Americans on U.S. soil.

Reid said Paul had every right to filibuster to try and get answers to his questions on the U.S. drone program.

"I have been involved in a few filibusters, as Rand Paul did yesterday," Reid said on the Senate floor Thursday morning. "And what I have learned from my experiences in talking filibusters is this: to succeed, you need strong convictions but also a strong bladder. It's obvious Senator Paul has both."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTeacher defeats Kentucky state House majority leader in GOP primary Conservatives leery of FBI deal on informant Lobbying world MORE (R-Ky.) spoke in support of Paul’s filibuster on Thursday morning, calling it, “extended, heartfelt and important.” 

McConnell said Paul’s question as to whether the president believes he has the authority to kill a U.S. citizen without due process is “entirely appropriate.”

“What is befuddling is why the Attorney General [Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderHouse easily passes prison reform bill backed by Trump On Trump and DOJ, both liberals and conservatives are missing the point Holder: DOJ, FBI should reject Trump's requests MORE] has not directly and clearly answered the question,” McConnell said. “There is no reason we cannot get this question answered today, and we should get this question answered today. Frankly, it should have been answered a long time ago.”