Texas senator responds to Trump's vague 'destroy' comment

UPDATED (2:20 P.M.): The Texas state senator in question below turns out to be a complicated matter. "We'll destroy his career", Trump said.

He said members of the U.S. Congress would "get beat up really badly by the voters" if they interfered with law enforcement's activities.

While it is unclear which state senator the sheriff was referring to, a bill to require that money and property be taken only after someone has been criminally convicted of a crime related to the property was introduced in December by Libertarian-leaning Republican state Senator Konni Burton. Want to give his name? "We'll destroy his career", Trump offered.

The White House described the sit-down as a "listening session" and towards the end of the meeting President Trump asked if there were any final comments.

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"It's an issue that crosses party lines; it's not Democrat versus Republican or liberal versus conservative", he told the Observer, adding that he hasn't "seen a bill we wouldn't support in relation to civil asset forfeiture reform, especially some of the stronger ones".

"Can you believe that?" said Trump.

People who agree with the practice maintain that it allows law enforcement to effectively combat terrorism and the drug trade. They say seizing money from people not charged with crimes is sometimes necessary to protect public safety, particularly in cases where it may be hard to obtain a criminal conviction against a suspect.

Later, Sheriff Harold Eavenson of Rockwall County, Texas, told Trump of his response to a state lawmaker who had introduced legislation requiring suspects first be convicted before assets could be seized. Trump asked. "Want to give his name?"

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"I told him that the cartel would build a monument to him in Mexico if he could get that legislation passed", Eavenson told Trump. Juan Hinojosa coauthored it. Civil forfeiture is a license to steal.

One sheriff at the gathering mentioned that some critics have said the practice violates due process, and called for limits.

"He was making a point about how much he opposed that kind of philosophy", Eavenson told the Dallas Morning News. The exchange happened at a White House meeting.

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