Senator Rand Paul Announces He Will Vote “No” On AG Nominee Bill Barr, ‘Too Many Concerns About His Views’
On Tuesday afternoon, the Senate invoked cloture to end debate on AG nominee Bill Barr and passed in a 55-44 vote.
The Senate could vote to confirm Bill Barr as President Trump’s new Attorney General as early as Wednesday or Thursday.
On Tuesday evening, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said he was unable to support Bill Barr’s nomination because of his overall “troubling” record on the 2nd and 4th Amendments.
“I am unable to support Bill Barr’s nomination to be the next Attorney General. While I support President Trump and have supported most of his nominees, I have too many concerns about the record and views of this nominee. Bill Barr was a leading proponent of warrantless surveillance, and his overall record on the Fourth Amendment is troubling to me. I remain concerned that Bill Barr does not agree with our bipartisan efforts to reform our criminal justice system. Finally, Bill Barr has a troubling record on the Second Amendment. For these reasons, I voted today against his nomination for Attorney General,” Senator Rand Paul said in a statement.
I am unable to support Bill Barr’s nomination to be the next Attorney General. While I support President Trump and have supported most of his nominees, I have too many concerns about the record and views of this nominee. Read my full statement here: https://t.co/v9RngU2YQg
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) February 13, 2019
Earlier Tuesday, Democrat Senator Joe Manchin (WV) announced he supported Bill Barr in the cloture vote to be the next Attorney General.
“Today I will vote to confirm William Barr to be the next Attorney General because he is well-qualified and I am confident that he will faithfully execute the duties of the chief law enforcement officer of the United States of America,” Manchin said on Twitter.
Trump supporters voiced concern over Bill Barr after it was revealed he is Robert Mueller’s “best friend.”
Bill Barr is a DC insider who praised Comey, Rosenstein and Mueller during his confirmation hearings — how is President Trump going to drain the swamp if Mueller’s best friend is running the DOJ?