TX Senator Responds to Trump’s Threat

Konni Burton, republican candidate Texas Senate District 10 addresses attendees at the 2014 Red State Gathering, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

An unnamed Texas State Senator has drawn President Donald Trump’s ire–and at least one of the people the President was potentially talking about is answering back.

It all comes amid a conversation the President had with Rockwall County Sheriff Harold Eavenson Tuesday over civil asset forfeiture. The practice is used by law enforcement to seize money and property from suspected–but not always convicted criminals.

“He was talking about introducing legislation requiring conviction before we can receive that forfeiture money” Eavenson told the President, who responded “Can you believe that?”

“I told him the cartel would build a monument to him in Mexico” Eavenson told the President.

“Who is the State Senator?” Trump asked, adding “Do I get his name? We’ll destroy his career” Trump said, drawing chuckles from those taking part in the conversation.

Eavenson never revealed the name of the Senator. Fort Worth’s Konni Burton has filed a bill eliminating civil asset forfeiture, and has issued a statement defending her push.

“Property rights are one of the foundational rights in any free society and the taking of property by government is no small matter” Burton said, adding “I will not be discouraged or deterred. The moment for reform of our system of asset forfeiture has arrived.”

The Senator also took a shot at the the man who touched off the controversy–saying “I have never met with Sheriff Eavenson, nor even heard of him before yesterday.”

Dallas Senator Don Huffines has filed another bill placing limits on the practice.

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