Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he will oppose Loretta Lynch’s confirmation for U.S. attorney general because she supports civil forfeitures, but the Congressional Black Caucus knows his real motive — he’s racist.
“Senator Paul is using the issue of civil forfeitures to block a well-qualified federal prosecutor from heading the Department of Justice,” CBC Chairman G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., said in a press release. “Senator Paul also has the audacity to suggest that Loretta Lynch should have more concern for people living in poverty.
Butterfield added: “The Congressional Black Caucus recognizes Senator Paul’s unfounded argument as nothing but an excuse to keep an African-American legal scholar from holding this high position, …
Civil forfeiture turns justice on its head,” Paul said. “Instead of being innocent until proven guilty, you are guilty until proven innocent. The government takes your cash — $1,000, $100, $500, whatever it is. This program predominantly has targeted black individuals, poor individuals, Hispanic individuals. And when Sen. [Mike] Lee asked her about it in the committee, she said, ‘Oh, no, as long as there is a valid court order.’”
Remember — police can seize that property without charges even being filed. They often do so when there is no evidence of a crime. They have been known to take the homes of parents whose children were alleged to have sold drugs without their knowledge. Current AG Eric Holder even took steps earlier this year to limit the use of the practice by requiring evidence of a crime before assets could be seized.
Lynch has used the practice in her office to rake in more than $113 million in civil actions between 2011 and 2013.
Is it possible a person more vile than Holder exists? Apparently so. He at least took the steps to justify the use of civil forfeiture, whereas Lynch utilizes it to the max and likely will continue if confirmed as our next AG.
Of course, Rand Paul is racist – that’s why he spends his spare time performing free eye surgeries on non-white indigents in Central American countries. So typical of the CBC and the Al Sharptons of the US to pull the race card simply because they have no valid argument.
It was either use the race card on him or accuse him of waging war on women – they can never accept that someone might actually be standing on principal. It’s unrecognizable to them because they have none.