In an interview, the suspended prosecutor who was ousted from his position this week by Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis claimed that the governor’s move was “unconstitutional” and that he would continue to function in his present capacity.
DeSantis announced this week that he was deposing State Attorney Andrew Warren of the 13th Judicial Circuit because he was not upholding the law. DeSantis had officials remove Warren from his office to ensure that “no files, documents, papers, notes, computers, records, or removable storage files were deleted from the premises.”
When he was asked during an interview about what changes in Florida he has seen that necessitates the governor to exercise more of his constitutional authority, Warren said, “What has changed is that our governor has changed.”
“You know, all policy differences aside, we have had governors who have upheld the rule of law, and now we have one who clearly does not.” Warren claimed without evidence. “In other words, he is trampling on the rights of Hillsborough County’s voters.”
“This is clearly unconstitutional, in violation of Florida Statute,” Warren exclaimed. “He does not have the authority to have me suspended just because he wants to; especially as he focuses on things I have not even done yet. The bottom line is that the people elected me to serve in this position, and I am going to keep doing it to keep our communities safe.”
In his executive order removing Warren from office, DeSantis stated that he gets the authority in Florida’s constitution to remove a state attorney from office, which he exercised.
During an interview this week, DeSantis said that liberal mega-donor George Soros-backed prosecutors were doing significant damage to cities and towns across the United States.
“Here’s what Soros is up to. It’s actually clever of him, because they can’t get these laws passed in a legislature where you just allow criminals to run amok,” DeSantis said. “So what they do is, in these Democratic primaries and in Democrat-dominated areas, he’ll invest a million dollars to ensure that the extreme left wins the primary. Then they almost always win the general because of the partisan difference in jurisdiction.”
“So you put them in there and what they want to do is change the criminal justice system by not enforcing it. It’s a complete circumvention of our constitutional system. The outcomes have been devastating across the country, as you can see. But it also challenges the notion that our government is supposed to be a government of laws, and not one of individuals,” DeSantis said.