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

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe buck stops here: How to restore accountability to the federal regulatory system Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand Lawyer: Flynn will keep cooperating after co-conspirator revelations MORE (R-Ky.) said Sunday that he's "concerned" about some of the views of President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA 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 PompeoAs tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Trump's Huawei concession is 'the rope that could hang America' 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 SessionsPress: Acosta, latest to walk the plank The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question Alabama senator says Trump opposed to Sessions Senate bid 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 (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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.