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

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRepublicans need solutions on environment too Trio of NFL players intern on Capitol Hill as part of league program Trump keeps tight grip on GOP MORE (R-Ky.) said Sunday that he's "concerned" about some of the views of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral 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 PompeoPompeo presses for resolution to Gulf dispute The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Dems put manufacturing sector in 2020 spotlight State Department blocks reporters from Pompeo briefing with faith-based media: report 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 SessionsRosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump O'Rourke on impeachment: 2020 vote may be best way to 'resolve' Trump 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.