'He's Not Gonna Need It Where He's Going': Sen. Kennedy Says Take El Chapo's Assets to Fund Wall

 insider.foxnews.com  2/13/2019 3:30:00 PM   Fox News Insider

Sen. John N. Kennedy agrees with Sen. Ted Cruz's proposal to seize assets from Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to fund President Trump’s long-promised border wall.

Shortly before the Sinaloa cartel boss was convicted on drug trafficking, weapons violations and money laundering charges in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn Tuesday, Cruz (R-Texas) took to Twitter to remind his followers and colleagues about his proposed El Chapo Act.

America’s justice system prevailed today in convicting Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka El Chapo, on all 10 counts. U.S. prosecutors are seeking $14 billion in drug profits & other assets from El Chapo which should go towards funding our wall to #SecureTheBorder. https://t.co/hPwEUVM6SP

— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) February 12, 2019

In a subsequent tweet, Cruz urged lawmakers to pass the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act, which would divert drug proceeds from cartel bosses to fund border security.

It’s time to pass my EL CHAPO Act. I urge my Senate colleagues to take swift action on this crucial legislation. #SecureTheBorder --> https://t.co/SndC56CiYz pic.twitter.com/5LgBuBSE26

— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) February 12, 2019

On "America's Newsroom" Tuesday, Kennedy said he would support the legislation, which Cruz first introduced in April 2017 and then reintroduced in January.

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"If we can get money out of El Chapo, I'm all for it," Kennedy said. "He's not gonna need it where he's going."

He quipped that the drug lord won't need his billions at the prison commissary.

"If we can find his assets, I think we ought to seize 'em. Ted's right. I'll vote for that," Kennedy said.

He noted, however, that El Chapo doesn't have $14 billion "sitting in his checking account," and it may be difficult to track down his assets.

"But that's something we ought to do anyway, whether we spend it on the wall or not. But sure, I'd vote for the bill."

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