Rand Paul breaks bread with Holder after suing Obama administration
February 12th, 2014
06:55 PM ET
9 years ago

Rand Paul breaks bread with Holder after suing Obama administration

(CNN) - After suing President Barack Obama over government surveillance on Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul had lunch with Attorney General Eric Holder.

The Kentucky Republican and the nation’s top law enforcement officer discussed shared support for reforms to the criminal justice system, according to a Justice Department official.

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They had salmon and tomato soup.

“The attorney general and Sen. Paul met for lunch at the Justice Department to discuss sentencing reform and felony disenfranchisement," the Justice Department official said.

"The attorney general appreciates the senator’s leadership on both issues and is pleased to have the opportunity to work with him on these shared priorities,” the official said.

Paul, a potential presidential candidate, launched a class-action suit against President Barack Obama and other national security officials over government surveillance programs publicized by Edward Snowden’s leaks last year.

He is citing violations to privacy rights guaranteed in the Constitution.

CNN Justice Correspondent Evan Perez contributed to this report.

Filed under: Eric Holder • Rand Paul
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Do we really need to see this worm on CNN three times a day?

    February 12, 2014 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Ron L

    It is good to see two people who don't always agree on everything show some civility toward each other. This meeting exemplifies how America has always moved forward. When you have extremism on either side it becomes a matter of ego and anger with everyone involved usually losing more than they gain. Heres hoping we see a little more of this in the future.

    February 12, 2014 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. CD

    While he is suing about the NSA collecting information, he will be collecting information so he can raise money,sounds more like a fund raiser than a lawsuit.

    February 12, 2014 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. Wake up People!

    Just remember AG Holder, if it had been up to him you wouldn't even have an education. He wouldn't have supported Civil Rights. That speaks volumes to me.

    Educate yourselves Americans!

    February 12, 2014 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP clown that does NOTHING for the voters of his district while using taxpayers money to run for president will be lucky to get realected to congress along with the Cuban Canadian idiot Cruz !!!!

    February 12, 2014 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Holder is a criminal. I support NOTHING he supports........because he is a criminal.

    February 12, 2014 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. don in albuquerque

    Randy has turned into an embarrassment to the GOTP and his state. He constantly makes ridiculous statements, baseless accusations, over the top drama, all to draw attention to himself. He has about as much chance of being elected President as Alvin and the Chipmunks. In fact, Alvin probably stands a better chance.

    February 12, 2014 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Rand thinks he is the front runner nominee for the 2016 presidential election .

    When will he be making another foreign affairs jaunt to say Israel ?

    Rand Paul / 2016
    Aqua Buddha or Dr. Strangelove ?

    February 12, 2014 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  9. ja

    Rand need to seat his brpqw down go back to the catacomb

    February 12, 2014 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  10. chrissy

    This is just ridiculous! How can this clown sue the POTUS on the actions of the NSA since this branch of the government was created in 1952 by the DOD? I know it is the goal of the GOTPs to see him be branded a failure but this is just a joke!

    February 12, 2014 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  11. xray vision

    Is bush named in the suit, its his administration that enacted it to begin with, surely he's included in the suit, right? Otherwise it might be viewed as purely political, which I'm sure its not, right? Oh man are you guys rubes, look at the behavior of your party, disgusting! Anyone who makes excuses to vote for these fools needs to spend some time in the chair, because you've got issues .

    February 13, 2014 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  12. Minnie Mouse

    Even thought you feel that our privacy rights are violated, it's a good thing that our government wants to try to keep some form of security in this country. It's necessary. We all have our rights violated in everything because most people are internet users. We don't go out and start law suits over it, we just reap the benefits. If it's a snowy day and you can't get out and shop, you can shop till you drop online and in your Pj's drinking coffee. You can't do that in public shopping. The online benefits outweigh the privacy issues. The benefits with NSA outweigh the privacy issues. You don't have a fighting chance to win this lawsuit.

    February 13, 2014 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  13. MollyBee

    This was a relatively easy order for Randy. Circulate a 'petition' to his dad's 'army'....graduates of the infamous Ron Paul Indoctrination Camps and use it to sue his own Government for trying to protect his own country from terrorists. So, the pea"nut" finally comes out of it's shell. Never mind that Randy also thinks we should abandon all international relations and become isolationists. Kentucky, you would not like a country as envisioned by the Pauls.

    February 13, 2014 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  14. Tampa Tim

    His lead counsel is the champion of lost causes, the Cooch Cuccinelli. Remember how the Cooch organized the red states to take the ACA to the Supreme Court, costing red state taxpayers millions of dollars in a losing effort?

    February 13, 2014 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  15. george

    Watch out Mr. Rand Holder will steal the shirt off your back like the democrats have been doing to the American people for 6 years now.

    February 13, 2014 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  16. Jeff

    This guy is irritating!

    February 13, 2014 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  17. Gurgyl

    This is trivial, petty. So he wants to be in limelight. All laugh. Idiocy!!!!!

    February 13, 2014 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  18. SBP

    Stop embarrassing your Father already.

    February 13, 2014 07:55 am at 7:55 am |