Paul calls Trump's pick for attorney general's views on surveillance 'very troubling'

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPressure mounts for Trump to reconsider Syria withdrawal House Republicans call for moving State of the Union to Senate chamber GOP rep: 'Rand Paul is giving the president bad advice' on Afghanistan and Syria MORE (R-Ky.) said Sunday that he's "concerned" about some of the views of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' MORE's nominee for attorney general, William Barr.

Paul said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he's bothered by Barr's support for the Patriot Act, which expanded surveillance of U.S. citizens, as well as Barr's views on civil asset forfeiture.

"I haven’t made a decision yet on him, but I can tell you the first things I’ve learned about him being for more surveillance of Americans is very, very troubling," Paul said.

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The Kentucky senator previously expressed concerns about Trump's nominees for secretary of State and CIA director before voting to confirm Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Second Trump-Kim summit planned for next month | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking Afghanistan trip plans | Pentagon warns of climate threat to bases | Trump faces pressure to reconsider Syria exit Pompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation Trump to meet with top North Korean official to discuss 'fully verified' denuclearization MORE as secretary of State. He did vote against Gina Haspel to lead the CIA.

Trump said last week he will nominate Barr as attorney general to replace Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' Acting AG Whitaker's wife defends him in lengthy email to journalist Watchdog: Thousands more migrant children separated from parents than previously known MORE. Barr previously served in the role during the George H.W. Bush administration.

Barr, 68, has a sweeping view of executive power, but has not directly commented on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation.

The latter is likely to be a subject of interest for Democrats, who have expressed concerns about whether Trump would appoint an attorney general who would interfere in Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

— Updated at 11:33 a.m.