As Former President Donald Trump faces his third indictment, he received support from an ally turned foe, who is contesting against him in the 2024 Republican presidential primary.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis vouched to end weaponization of the government in the wake of Trump’s indictment over his efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
“As President, I will end the weaponization of government, replace the FBI Director, and ensure a single standard of justice for all Americans,” said the Florida governor in a tweet.
DeSantis said he sees the necessity for enacting reforms so that “Americans have the right to remove cases from Washington DC to their home districts.”
He remains behind in the GOP primary as Trump has a commanding lead over the Republican candidates.
Utah Senator Mitt Romney had called on other GOP donors to stop donating to other GOP candidates who have no chance at winning the nomination.
DeSantis’ campaign is reporting low on campaign funds as he stands firms against the indictments against the former president.
“Washington, DC, is a ‘swamp’ and it is unfair to have to stand trial before a jury that is reflective of the swamp mentality,” he added.
The presidential hopeful also said politicization of the rule of law is one of the reasons that the country is in decline.
“I will end the weaponization of the federal government.”
DeSantis had previously criticized Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg politicizing the office targeting Trump in the hush money case.
Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen is a key witness to the hush money payment. The trial in New York is currently set for March 2024.
Trump has been charged on four counts, including conspiracy to defraud the U.S., tampering with a witness and conspiracy against the rights of citizens, and has to appear before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Department of Justice-appointed special counsel Jack Smith, who filed the indictment in the court, said in a statement, “The attack on our nation’s capital on Jan. 6, 2021, was an unprecedented assault on the seat of American democracy. As described in the indictment, it was fueled by lies.”
He also said his office will seek a speedy trial so that the evidence can be tested in court and judged by a jury of citizens.
DoJ veteran Andrew Weissmann lauded Smith and tweeted that he is “doing his job, without fear or favor.”
“The Trump cases are in reality a trial of this country, inflicted on the country by the choices of Donald Trump,” he added.
Trump is expected to face a fourth indictment in the Georgia election interference by Fulton County DA Fani Willis in relations to the infamous phone call pressuring Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
Two of Trump’s indictments have been connected to his run for the presidency.
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