Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has responded to the news of former President Donald Trump’s indictment, saying that it is a “weaponization of the legal system.”
DeSantis also said that his state would not assist in an extradition request if one is made for the former president.
News of Trump’s indictment by a New York grand jury broke on Thursday, despite previous reports that the grand jury hearing evidence was taking a month-long break.
“The weaponization of the legal system to advance a political agenda turns the rule of law on its head,” DeSantis tweeted. “It is un-American.”
The weaponization of the legal system to advance a political agenda turns the rule of law on its head.
It is un-American.
The Soros-backed Manhattan District Attorney has consistently bent the law to downgrade felonies and to excuse criminal misconduct. Yet, now he is…
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) March 30, 2023
DeSantis accused Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg of “stretching the law” to get the indictment.
“The Soros-backed Manhattan District Attorney has consistently bent the law to downgrade felonies and to excuse criminal misconduct. Yet, now he is stretching the law to target a political opponent,”
DeSantis also said that his state will not assist with any potential extradition requests “given the questionable circumstances.”
“Florida will not assist in an extradition request given the questionable circumstances at issue with this Soros-backed Manhattan prosecutor and his political agenda,” DeSantis said.
George Soros, a far-left billionaire who tends to fund extremist candidates, pledged to donate at least a million dollars to Braggs’ campaign through his Color of Change PAC. In their endorsement, the PAC noted that the now-District Attorney would not continue a justice system that “protects and privileges the powerful and well-connected.”
DeSantis and Trump have had bad blood in recent months due to speculation that the Florida governor intends to challenge the former president for the 2024 Republican nomination.
The governor previously came under scrutiny in the Trump world for responding to news of a potential indictment with a jab at the former president.
DeSantis throws weak jab at President Trump regarding possible indictment: “Look, I don’t know what goes into paying hush money to a porn star to secure silence over some type of alleged affair…”pic.twitter.com/snZ5kxQ7VQ
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When asked about the situation at a press conference earlier this month, DeSantis said that “I have no interest in getting involved in some manufactured circus by some Soros-DA.”
“I don’t know what goes into paying hush money to a porn star to secure silence over some type of alleged affair, I just, I can’t speak to that,” DeSantis said, before turning back to Bragg and saying, “that’s an example of pursuing a political agenda.”