Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday he is concerned over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

Paul told Ed Henry on “Fox & Friends” that he is worried Kavanaugh will cancel out Justice Neil Gorsuch's vote on the Fourth Amendment.

The senator contested that Kavanaugh was essentially OK with the National Security Agency (NSA) collecting phone records from millions of Americans.

Kavanaugh defended the NSA’s action in an opinion in 2015, writing that the needs of law enforcement outweigh “the intrusion on individual liberty.”


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Paul said Sunday that he disagreed completely.

“I think if we give up our liberty for security, with what [Benjamin] Franklin said, and that's neither -- neither liberty nor security.”

Kavanaugh had also written in his much-discussed Minnesota Law Review from 2009 that then-independent counsel Kenneth Starr's investigation into former President Bill Clinton was a mistake.

He wrote that he believes it's “vital that the President be able to focus on his never-ending tasks with as few distractions as possible.”

Paul said that he'd like to have a useful discussion with Kavanaugh about privacy.

“I'm concerned about Kavanaugh and we're going to have a hopefully open and long and far-ranging conversation about this,” he said.

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