'We'll Destroy His Career': Trump Reportedly Threatens Action Against Bothersome State Senator
Feb 08 2017
President Donald Trump appeared to quip Tuesday that he would "destroy" the career of a state senator in Texas who introduced legislation that a county sheriff doesn't like.
Trump met in the Roosevelt Room with sheriffs from around the country and invited them each to make a statement while reporters were present. The remark followed Rockwall County Sheriff Harold Eavenson criticizing an unnamed state senator who believes police shouldn't receive forfeiture money unless a case ends in conviction. Trump asked. Following a brief shrug by Eavenson, Trump half-jokingly said "We'll destroy his career".
Eavenson did not give the lawmaker's name.
Police departments have often used the proceeds from seizing suspects' cash and belongings to fund part of their budgets.
"And I told him that the cartel would build a monument to him in Mexico if he could get that legislation passed", the Texas sheriff continued.
When told of the practice, a large majority of Americans are opposed to it. Civil forfeiture allows law enforcement agencies to seize the assets of people who are suspected of crimes, even if they haven't been charged or convicted of anything.
The context here is that Eavenson is complaining about new proposed legislation to reform the state's civil forfeiture laws.
The bill to abolish civil asset forfeiture was introduced in December by Texas state senator Konni Burton.
The Tribune said Burton, who is a woman, did not respond to a request for comment.
Speaking of his own role of bringing the issue up, but not identifying the senator in question, the sheriff said, 'I'm not into assassinating his character'.