Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) sent law enforcement to remove state attorney Andrew Warren of the 13th District Court following the governor’s suspension of the George Soros-backed District Attorney (DA), who has repeatedly failed to enforce Florida law related to abortion and child sex change surgeries.
“State Attorneys have a duty to prosecute crimes as defined in Florida law, not to pick and choose which laws to enforce based on his personal agenda,” the governor said in a statement. “It is my duty to hold Florida’s elected officials to the highest standards for the people of Florida. I have the utmost trust that Judge Susan Lopez will lead the office through this transition and faithfully uphold the rule of law.”
In an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson this week, DeSantis outlined his reasoning behind the decision to suspend the district attorney.
“We’ve seen with these Soros-prosecutors around the country where they take it upon themselves to determine which laws should be followed and which laws should not be followed,” he said. “And I can tell you in Florida’s constitution, that constitution vests the veto power in the governor not an in an individual district attorney or state attorney where they can pick and choose.”
“So, I asked my staff to review all the state attorneys in the state of Florida,” DeSantis continued. “I wanted to see who was picking and choosing and this was the guy that all the line prosecutors and all the law enforcement said he thinks he can pick and choose which laws. And he actually signed letters saying he wouldn’t enforce laws against transgender surgeries for minors and laws protecting the right to life and he has all these policies in his agency that are called ‘presumptive non-prosecution.’ No, the law is presumptively enforced. That’s not something that’s acceptable.”
The former GOP congressman added, “The jarring thing about it though Tucker is that I had all these sheriffs from the area there, the former police chief in Tampa, there are a lot of line prosecutors in that office that is very happy that this was done.”
DeSantis then attacked George Soros who has funded local campaigns across the country to elect Democrat DAs and other officials to carry out “reform” of the criminal justice system through bail changes or non-enforcement of local and state laws. Many of which have resulted in lawlessness and chaos for citizenry and police.
“Here’s what Soros is doing, it’s actually smart on his part,” DeSantis began to expalin. “They can’t get these things enacted in a legislature where you are just going to have criminals run free. So what they do, he will get involved in these Democrat primaries in a Democrat area, he will flush a million dollars to get the radical to win the primary and they usually win the general because of the party affiliation difference in the jurisdiction and then you get them in there and what they do is they want to change the criminal justice system through non-enforcement.”
“So, it’s a total runaround of our constitutional system,” he concluded. “The results obviously have been disruptive around the country, but it also really undermines the idea that ours is supposed to be a government of laws and not a government of individual men.”
DeSantis suspended Warren via an executive order that ordered his immediate suspension:
“As of the signing of this Executive Order, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by other law enforcement agencies as necessary, is requested to: (i) assist in the immediate transition of Andrew Warren from the Office of the State Attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit of Florida, with access only to retrieve his personal belongings; and (ii) ensure that no files, papers, documents, notes, records, computers, or removable storage media are removed from the Office of the State Attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit of Florida by Andrew Warren or any of his staff.”
The Governor isn’t afraid to use his executive authority to ensure local officials carry out the laws the legislature has passed.
Other Republican officials should take Florida’s example and attempt to fix American cities by going straight at those who take it easy on violent criminals, by having them removed from their positions of power. DeSantis once again has proven fortune favors the bold and that his example is worth following.
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