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

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators Only two people cited by TSA for mask violations have agreed to pay fine Senators reach billion deal on emergency Capitol security bill MORE (R-Ky.) said Sunday that he's "concerned" about some of the views of President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away 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 PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions 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 SessionsWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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.