DeSantis Stands Up for Trump?

Matt Johnson from Omaha, Nebraska, United States, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Following the decision on Thursday by a Manhattan grand jury court to indict former President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis noted that his state would “not assist” in any extradition request made by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg because of the “questionable circumstances” of the indictment.

Trump is currently a candidate in the 2024 presidential race. His indictment in Bragg’s case comes after a years-long investigation surrounding the hush money scheme and his participation in it. During his recent comments, DeSantis noted that filing charges against a former President was “un-American” and that it was a “weaponization of the legal system to advance a political agenda.”

During his Twitter comments about the indictment, DeSantis also attacked Bragg for being a “Soros-backed Manhattan District Attorney” while also taking the time to slam his track record with felonies and making excuses for criminal misconduct. He continued by arguing that Bragg was “stretching the law to target a political opponent.”

For this reason, DeSantis announced that Florida would not participate, nor support any extradition requests made by the District Attorney.

Trump’s indictment comes after a years-long investigation by the DA’s office in connection to his role in the hush money payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels by his former attorney Michael Cohen. The payment was made prior to the 2016 presidential election.

Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York had previously chosen not to charge Trump in connection to the payment made to Daniels in 2019. The FEC also dismissed its investigation into the case in 2021.

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