Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has given a highly charged response to the surprising indictment against former President Donald Trump.
The Florida governor announced that he “will not assist” in any extradition request by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. He called the case having “questionable circumstances” and criticized the charges against former President Donald Trump as “un-American.”
DeSantis also said that the Manhattan District Attorney had used the “weaponization of the legal system to advance a political agenda.”
Trump was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on Thursday after a years-long investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
DeSantis went further saying, ”The Soros-backed Manhattan District Attorney has consistently bent the law to downgrade felonies and to excuse criminal misconduct,” he continued. “Yet, now he is stretching the law to target a political opponent.”
DeSantis added: “Florida will not assist in an extradition request given the questionable circumstances at issue with this Soros-backed Manhattan prosecutor and his political agenda.”
Trump is living in his primary residence at his property at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.
Bragg has been investigating Trump for hush money payments made leading up to the 2016 presidential election. These payments include the $130,000 payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and the $150,000 payment made to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, according to Fox News Digital.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson said the indictment of former president Trump was a bigger assault on the American system of government than the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol by the former president’s supporters.
“If you believe in our system and you want it to continue, you have to raise your hand and say stop, because this is too great an assault on our system, much greater than anything we saw on January 6th, that’s for certain,” Carlson said.
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