State Attorney suspended by DeSantis vows to fight ‘abuse of power’

On Sunday, suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren released a video in which he vows to vigorously fight Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order for his suspension.Warren was suspended Thursday by DeSantis, who claims Warren is guilty of “neglect of duty.”RELATED: DeSantis suspends state attorney due to refusal to enforce laws, including abortion restrictionsDeSantis says that’s because Warren signed statements, along with dozens of other prosecutors around the country, vowing not to pursue criminal cases against people who seek or provide abortions or gender-affirming care.By Friday, the State Attorney’s website bore a new name and displayed a photo of Warren’s replacement being sworn in.Now, Warren is fighting back and calling DeSantis’ actions an “illegal and dangerous abuse of power.””Together, we will fight Ron DeSantis’ abuse of power and restore the will of the voters. I hope you’ll join me ,” Warren captioned the video.Warren had been elected twice as state attorney in Hillsborough County.”I was elected because the people of this county share my vision for criminal justice, trust my judgment, and have seen our success. I swore to uphold the Constitution, and that’s exactly what I’ve done. DeSantis is trying to take away my job for doing my job,” Warren said in a video.DeSantis says Warren is refusing to enforce Florida law.”Some of these rogue prosecutors that basically say they are not going to enforce certain laws that they don’t ‘t like, that they put their personal conception of ‘social justice’ over what the law and their constitutional oath require,” DeSantis said at a news conference Friday.”He came down to Tampa — to Hillsborough County — to illegally remove me as part of some political circus,” Warren said in the video.Warren fires back that the governor is essentially seeking to nullify the will of voters in the Tampa area who elected him in 2016 and 2020.Warren expressed his desire to fight for people’s fundamental rights .“Let me be clear. I’m not going down without a fight. I’m a former federal prosecutor, the duly elected State Attorney, a native Floridian, and a proud American. I refuse to let this man trample on your freedoms to speak your mind, to make your own health care decisions, and to have your vote count, ”Warren said.He says his goal is to continue serving the community.” I’m committed to doing what the voters elected me to do: to serve. Represent our community with integrity. Build a 21st Century criminal justice system we can be proud of. Because Ron DeSantis doesn’t get to hand-pick Florida’s State Attorneys; you, the people, do,” Warren said.RELATED: Florida Senate could decide if DeSantis’ suspension of state attorney remains permanentConstitutional law expert Lawrence Walters explained that the Florida Senate will be deciding whether the state attorney’s suspension remains permanent.The Florida Constitution states the Senate must send out a notice of a hearing within three months after the suspension and must make a decision by the end of the next regular legislative session.Warren says he is assembling his legal team to fight the order and announcements related to the legal case will be made in the coming days.Watch Warren’s full video here:

On Sunday, suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren released a video in which he vows to vigorously fight Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order for his suspension.

Warren was suspended Thursday by DeSantis, who claims Warren is guilty of “neglect of duty.”

RELATED: DeSantis suspends state attorney due to refusal to enforce laws, including abortion restrictions

DeSantis says that’s because Warren signed statements, along with dozens of other prosecutors around the country, vowing not to pursue criminal cases against people who seek or provide abortions or gender-affirming care.

By Friday, the State Attorney’s website already bore a new name and displayed a photo of Warren’s replacement being sworn in.

Now, Warren is fighting back and calling DeSantis’ actions an “illegal and dangerous abuse of power.”

“Together, we will fight Ron DeSantis’ abuse of power and restore the will of the voters. I hope you’ll join me,” Warren captioned the video.

Warren had been twice elected as state attorney in Hillsborough County.

“I was elected because the people of this county share my vision for criminal justice, my judgment, and have seen our success. I swore to uphold the Constitution, and that’s exactly what I’ve done. DeSantis is trying to take away my job for doing my job,” Warren said in a video.

DeSantis says Warren is refusing to enforce Florida law.

“Some of these rogue prosecutors that basically say they are not going to enforce certain laws that they don’t like, that they put their personal conception of ‘social justice’ over what the law and their constitutional oath require,” DeSantis said at a news conference Friday.

“He came down to Tampa — to Hillsborough County — to illegally remove me as part of some political circus,” Warren said in the video.

Warren fires back that the governor is essentially seeking to nullify the will of voters in the Tampa area who elected him in 2016 and 2020.

Warren expressed his desire to fight for people’s fundamental rights.

“Let me be clear. I’m not going down without a fight. I’m a former federal prosecutor, the duly elected State Attorney, a native Floridian, and a proud American. I refuse to let this man trample on your freedoms to speak your mind, to make your own health care decisions, and to have your vote count,” Warren said.

He says his goal is to continue serving the community.

“I’m committed to doing what the elected me to do: to serve. Represent our community with integrity. Build a 21st Century criminal justice system we can be proud of. Because Ron DeSantis doesn’t get to hand-pick Florida’s State Attorneys; you, the people, do,” Warren said.

RELATED: Florida Senate could decide if DeSantis’ suspension of state attorney remains permanent

Constitutional law expert Lawrence Walters explained that the Florida will be deciding whether the state attorney’s suspension remains permanent.

The Florida Constitution states the Senate must send out a notice of a hearing within three months after the suspension and must make a decision by the end of the next regular legislative session.

Warren says he is assembling his legal team to fight the order and announcements related to the legal case will be made in the coming days.

Watch Warren’s full video here:

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