The lawyer for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman blasted a proposal from Sen. Ted Cruz that the cartel kingpin foot the bill for President Trump’s wall, saying it’s more likely the Texas Republican would pick up the tab.
Cruz wrote in the Washington Post that he reintroduced a bill in the Senate that would allow confiscated funds from Guzman and other convicted drug lords be used to pay for a border wall, which Trump during the 2016 campaign boasted Mexico would pay for.
Guzman’s lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, said that’s not going 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 told CNN on Sunday. “There’s a better chance of Mr. Cruz paying for the wall.”
Cruz’s opinion piece was published Thursday, two days after Guzman was found guilty in Brooklyn federal court on 10 counts of running a drug-trafficking empire.
“Congress has two clear mandates from the American people: secure the border and save money. So let’s build a wall, and make El Chapo pay for it,” Cruz wrote.
Guzman, the leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, is facing life in prison and federal prosecutors plan to try to seize his assets estimated to be worth $14 billion.
Cruz first introduced the El Chapo Law — Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act — in April 2017.
He re-introduced it last month.