FORT WORTH, TEXAS — As news broke that former President Donald Trump was indicted and set to appear at the federal courthouse in Miami on Tuesday, Ron DeSantis spoke out, telling reporters in Texas that Biden’s Department of Justice is weaponizing its power with a political bias.
“The weaponization of federal law enforcement represents a mortal threat to a free society,” DeSantis said Thursday. “We have for years witnessed an uneven application of the law depending upon political affiliation. Why so zealous in pursuing Trump yet so passive about Hillary or Hunter?” DeSantis quipped.
Trump was indicted on federal charges involving taking classified documents, conspiracy and obstruction. While defending his biggest rival, DeSantis promised that his administration “will bring accountability to the DOJ, excise political bias and end weaponization once and for all.”
In an interesting twist, the Associated Press reports that Trump’s criminal case has been initially assigned to federal judge Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee. Cannon was criticized over her decision to grant Trump’s request for an independent mediator to review documents the FBI seized during the raid on Trump’s Palm Beach estate.
Other Republicans jumped in and supported Trump, but some kept silent, likely waiting to see the facts involved in the case.
Entrepreneur and GOP candidate Vivek Ramaswamy said he would pardon Trump if he becomes the next president.
“It would be much easier for me to win this election if Trump weren’t in the race, but I stand for principles over politics.” Ramaswamy wrote on Twitter. “I commit to pardon Trump promptly on January 20, 2025 and to restore the rule of law in our country.”
Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), who announced his candidacy in May, told Fox News that Trump’s indictment indicates the scales of the justice system are weighted.
“One thing that makes America a city on the hill is confidence in our justice system,” Scott told the outlet. “And today, what we see is a justice system where the scales are weighted. That seems to be the outcome of where we are today.”