I haven’t always been a huge Ted Cruz fan, but his stock has been rising in my book over the last year or so.
Seeing him come together with President Trump on many issues and have our President’s back on multiple occassions means a lot to me.
That’s a sign of integrity.
And he can also be pretty funny!
Like today when he smacked El Chapo’s lawyer on Twitter!
Everyone probably knows Ted Cruz has come up with a brilliant idea to pay for the Wall: confiscate the $14 billion held by El Chapo after his 10 recent criminal convictions!
It's a brilliant idea, and well within the realm of possibility.
Perhaps because of that last part, El Chapo's lawyer doesn't seem to like it too much.
Take a look:
An attorney for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has a message for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: The recently convicted drug kingpin is not paying for the wall.
Guzman was found guilty Tuesday of 10 counts, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise. Cruz has proposed several times that El Chapo pay for a border wall, including in an Opinion piece in The Washington Post last week.
In a response to the piece, El Chapo's attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, said that is unlikely to happen.
"Sen. Cruz surely knows that the government has seized none -- not a penny -- of Mr. Guzman's assets so getting him to pay for the wall is ludicrous," Lichtman said Sunday. "There's a better chance of Mr. Cruz paying for the wall."
He declined to comment on Guzman's assets.
Property's believed worth as high as $14 billion
The leader of the violent Sinaloa drug cartel faces a mandatory life sentence. Federal prosecutors also plan to seek a forfeiture judgment for the property Guzman gained from drug trafficking. The value of that property is believed to be as high as $14 billion.
After Guzman's conviction Tuesday, Cruz renewed calls to use the money for border security.
"U.S. prosecutors are seeking $14 billion in drug profits and other assets from El Chapo which should go towards funding our wall to #SecureTheBorder," the Texas Republican wrote on Twitter. "It's time to pass my EL CHAPO Act. I urge my Senate colleagues to take swift action on this crucial legislation."
Cruz originally introduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Actin April 2017. It would reserve any "illegally obtained profits resulting from any criminal drug trafficking enterprise led by Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera" for border security measures, which could include a wall. This includes any funds forfeited by Guzman in this case or future cases involving his former associates.
Cruz reintroduced the bill last month.
Cruz was unphased by the attorney's bluster.
Cruz fired back with this beauty:
Replies to Cruz seemed to love his response:
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