by Melanie Hunter CNSnews:
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he has concerns about Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), who were both nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Justice Department and CIA, respectively, for their support of the USA Patriot Act.
“It does concern me, yes, but I would say that, with Pompeo, he’s going to have to also answer, to my liking, whether or not he’s still for torture, whether or not he’s for water-boarding. That’s important,” Paul said. “He’s also been for expanding NSA powers.”
“You have also been a vocal critic of what the government does to look into its citizens’ business, whether it’s bulk collection of data or wiretapping. What, given that mind-set, is your view about the elevation of Jeff Sessions to attorney general and Mike Pompeo into the CIA?” host John Dickerson asked.
“You know, I am a fierce advocate of privacy and think that you do have a right to privacy and that your records, whether they’re in the possession of the phone company or not, that you still retain a right of privacy in those records. We all sign privacy agreements every time we do a computer search with a computer search company or with a telephone company. So, I think we do have a right the privacy,” Paul said.
“I’m hopeful, but I also know that this president doesn’t necessarily agree with me on — the next president – and so we will see. I will continue to be an equal opportunity defender of the Bill of Rights, whether it’s a Republican or Democrat president,” Paul added.
“But you don’t — do you have any specific concerns with respect to Sessions or Pompeo?” Dickerson asked. “They both supported the Patriot Act, bulk collection of metadata.”
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