Ron DeSantis knocks Manhattan prosecutor over possible Trump charges
The big picture: Trump over the weekend predicted that he would be indicted this week and DeSantis, a likely 2024 presidential contender, had not previously commented publicly on the potential charges.
- "I don't know what's going to happen, but I do know this, the Manhattan district attorney is a Soros-funded prosecutor," DeSantis said Monday, referring to billionaire Democratic investor George Soros.
- "So he, like other Soros-funded prosecutors, they weaponize their office to impose a political agenda on society at the expense of the rule of law and public safety," he added.
- The Color of Change PAC, which receives funding from Soros, donated to Bragg's campaign for Manhattan district attorney.
Driving the news: DeSantis, while not mentioning Trump by name, took a shot at the former president's ongoing legal trouble.
- "Look, I don't know what goes into paying hush money to a porn star to secure silence over some type of alleged affair," DeSantis said.
- "I just, I can't speak to that."
Trump spokesperson Liz Harrington pushed back against DeSantis for not mentioning the ex-president by name. "Are you kidding me? SAY HIS NAME!" Harrington wrote in a tweet.
- "What a total fraud he is. He takes a dig at President Trump who is being falsely accused and can’t even say his name."
- "It proves DeSantis is totally fine with a third world nation arresting their number one political opposition. Not MAGA!" Harrington wrote.
- Trump has been amping up attacks on DeSantis, believing that they are chipping away at the Florida governor's support, Axios' Mike Allen and Josh Kraushaar report.
Zoom out: Bragg reassured staff over the weekend — after Trump called for protests over his possible arrest — that efforts to intimidate the office would not be tolerated.
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Editor's note: This story has been updated with a tweet from Trump spokesperson Liz Harrington and additional background.