DeSantis suspends State Attorney Andrew Warren

On Thursday morning, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he was suspending State’s Attorney Andrew Warren effective immediately. Warren is the Hillsborough County District Attorney. “The prosecutor, state attorney for this judicial circuit, Andrew Warren, has publicly put himself above the law,” DeSantis said at a press conference in Tampa. But more than six hours later, Warren said he remained at work. At his own press conference announcing the progress of a cold-blooded murder investigation, Warren said he was going nowhere at this time. “I still do this job as a state attorney,” Warren said. “I am twice duly elected State’s Attorney for Hillsborough County. And the fact that the governor signs with pen or pencil doesn’t change that.” The governor said he was suspending Warren for “negligence of duty.” DeSantis specifically pointed to two letters Warren signed with prosecutors across the country who vowed not to prosecute people who “seek, provide or support abortions” and condemned efforts to restrict health care claiming the gender. “When you say you’re not going to enforce certain laws that you don’t like, that’s a dereliction of duty. It’s frankly incompetence as defined in Florida law,” DeSantis said. DeSantis’ announcement of Warren’s suspension comes four months after he first threatened to strip Disney’s powers in the state following the company’s public denunciation of the so-called law ” Don’t Say Gay” state, as critics call it. “I don’t think the people of Hillsborough County want to have an agenda that’s basically woke up, where you decide that your view of social justice means certain laws shouldn’t be enforced,” DeSantis said Thursday. Warren has served as the Hillsborough County State’s Attorney since 2016 and has been elected twice. He also served as a federal prosecutor for the Department of Justice. On Thursday he said he had had no cases of abortion or gender therapy and was in fact doing his job. “I’ve been a district attorney and I’ve done it well. Crime is down, we’re protecting people’s rights,” he said. Warren said the governor’s decision was not about his prosecutorial duties but about politics. “The governor is trying to overturn the results of a free and fair election, two of them actually. And people need to understand: it’s not the governor trying to suspend an elected official. It’s the governor who trying to overthrow democracy here in Hillsborough County,” Warren said. The governor also announced Warren’s replacement: Judge Susan Lopez. Ultimately, it’s up to the Florida Senate to hold a trial on whether the Warren’s suspension will remain permanent.Here is Warren’s full statement in response to the governor’s announcement: “Today’s political stunt is an unlawful overreach that continues a dangerous pattern of Ron DeSantis using his office to pursue his own political ambition. This spits in the face of Hillsborough County voters who twice elected me to serve them, not Ron DeSantis. “In our community crime is low, our constitutional rights, including the right to privacy, are respected, and people have the right to elect their own leaders, not have them dictated to them by an aspiring presidential candidate who has shown time and time again that he does not feel accountable to anyone. “Just because the governor is violating your rights doesn’t mean they don’t exist” Watch Warren’s full press conference here: Watch DeSantis’ full press conference here:

Thursday morning, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he was suspend State’s Attorney Andrew Warren effective immediately. Warren is the Hillsborough County District Attorney.

“The prosecutor, state attorney for this judicial circuit, Andrew Warren, has publicly put himself above the law,” DeSantis said at a press conference in Tampa.

But more than six hours later, Warren said he remained at work. At his own press conference announcing the progress of a cold-blooded murder investigation, Warren said he was going nowhere at this time.

“I still do this job as a state attorney,” Warren said. “I’m the duly elected, twice-elected Hillsborough County State’s Attorney. And the fact that the governor signs with a pen or pencil doesn’t change that..”


The governor said he was suspending Warren for “negligence of duty.” DeSantis specifically pointed to two letters Warren signed with prosecutors across the country who have sworn not to prosecute people who “seek, provide or support abortions“and condemned efforts to restrict gender affirming healthcare.

“When you say you’re not going to enforce certain laws that you don’t like, that’s a dereliction of duty. It’s frankly incompetence as defined in Florida law,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis’ announcement of Warren’s suspension comes four months after he first threatened to remove disney credentials in the state following the company’s public denunciation of the state’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law, as critics call it.

“I don’t think the people of Hillsborough County want to have an agenda that’s basically woke up, where you decide that your view of social justice means certain laws shouldn’t be enforced,” DeSantis said Thursday.

Warren has served as the Hillsborough County State’s Attorney since 2016 and has been elected twice. He also served as a federal prosecutor for the Department of Justice. On Thursday he said he had had no cases of abortion or gender therapy and was in fact doing his job.

“I’ve been a district attorney and I’ve done it well. Crime is down, we’re protecting people’s rights,” he said.

Warren said the governor’s decision was not about his prosecutorial duties but about politics.

“The governor is trying to overturn the results of a free and fair election, two of them actually. And people need to understand: it’s not the governor trying to suspend an elected official. It’s the governor who trying to overthrow democracy here in Hillsborough County,” Warren said.

The governor also announced Warren’s replacement: Judge Susan Lopez. Ultimately, it’s up to the Florida Senate to hold a trial on whether Warren’s suspension will remain permanent.

Here is Warren’s full statement in response to the governor’s announcement:

“Today’s political stunt is an illegal overreach that perpetuates a dangerous Ron DeSantis pattern of using his office to pursue his own political ambition. It spits in the face of Hillsborough County voters who elected me two times to serve them, not Ron DeSantis.

“In our community, crime is low, our constitutional rights, including the right to privacy, are respected, and people have the right to elect their own leaders, not have them dictated by an aspiring presidential candidate. the presidency which has repeatedly shown that it does not feel responsible to anyone.

“Just because the governor is violating your rights doesn’t mean they don’t exist.”

Watch Warren’s full press conference here:

Watch DeSantis’ full press conference here:


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