Senator Rand Paul stated today that he will vote no on William Barr, President Trump’s nominee for AG. Paul is the first Republican to do this.
Paul told Politico that he was concerned about Barr’s record on privacy, calling him a “chief advocate for warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens.”
A spokesman for Paul didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Senator Paul had previously raised concerns about Barr, who also served as attorney general to President George H.W. Bush.
Paul’s opposition comes as the full Senate could take up Barr’s nomination as soon as this week following his approval by the Judiciary Committee last Thursday on a party-line vote.
Now, Senator Paul’s vote is not enough to sink Barr on his own. The Republicans still have a 53 seat majority. This means that even if all the Democrats vote NO, they would still need to flip 4 Republican senators in order to sink Barr. The odds of this happening are very, very slim.
In addition, Senator Doug Jones became the first Democrat that will actually support William Barr for attorney general.
Jones’s and Paul’s defection means Democrats still need to flip four Republicans to flip the nomination. Other potential swing votes, including Sen. Joe Manchin have not announced how they will vote.
However, when asked by the reporters on what he thinks about Barr, Manchin stated that he viewed Barr “very favorably.”
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think Barr will be the new AG?