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AUSTIN (AP) – President Donald Trump told a North Texas sheriff they could “destroy” the career of a state lawmaker trying to reform asset forfeiture laws that critics say police abuse as a funding source.

Trump’s comment Tuesday drew laughs during a meeting with sheriffs in the White House 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 responded: “Who is the state senator? Do you want to give his name? We’ll destroy his career.”

The sheriff wouldn’t say and it was unclear to whom Eavenson was referring.

Republican state Sen. Konni Burton has proposed the most sweeping forfeiture reforms but wouldn’t stop to answer questions outside the Senate on Tuesday.

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