A New York City grand jury voted Blame former President Donald Trumpwho is still running for president in 2024 — and one of his main rivals for the GOP nomination in 2024 — said in a statement that Florida “will not support an extradition request.”
The charges or allegations have not yet been made public. The Manhattan district attorney’s office is investigating Trump for allegedly falsifying business records in connection with a “hush money” payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.
With the impeachment, Trump is both the first president to be impeached twice and the first former president to be criminally indicted.
Although he has yet to announce whether he will run in 2024, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is believed to be strongly considering 2024 Presidential RaceThat puts him at odds with Trump, who has already announced his run.
“Weaponizing the legal system to advance a political agenda turns the rule of law on its head,” DeSantis tweeted Thursday. “It’s un-American.”
DeSantis went on to say that the Manhattan district attorney leading the charge against Trump is “broadening the law to target political opponents.”
“Florida will not assist with extradition requests due to the questionable circumstances surrounding this Soros-backed Manhattan prosecutor and his political agenda,” he said.
The weaponization of the legal system to advance political agendas turns the rule of law on its head.
The Soros-backed Manhattan District Attorney has consistently bent the law to reduce crime and excuse criminal misconduct. However, now he…
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) March 30, 2023
Trump built his home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida in 2018, his legal residence. His defense attorneys said he will likely surrender in New York City next week. Interstate extradition is a matter of court. The Manhattan district attorney said in a statement that they have contacted Trump’s “attorney to coordinate his surrender to the Manhattan DA’s office for the Supreme Court indictment.”
DeSantis has previously decried potential charges against Trump and noted the criminal aspect. When Trump first posted on social media that he would be arrested, DeSantis called the potential charges a “political case” but added, “Look, I don’t know what goes into quietly paying a porn star to keep some kind of accusation.
Trump and his team issued statements Thursday condemning the allegations. The former president took to Truth Social shortly after the announcement to call the decision an “unprecedented attack on our country.”
His lawyers also issued a statement, with attorneys Susan Necheles and Joseph Tacopina saying he “has committed no crime” and that he will “vigorously fight his political case in court.”