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DeSantis Pledges Immediate Action on Special Counsel in 2024 Bid

DeSantis’ Pledge to Iowa Voters

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Republican presidential candidate Governor Ron DeSantis made a bold declaration to Iowa voters, asserting that if elected in 2024, he would fire special counsel Jack Smith on his first day in office. This announcement was a strategic move to distinguish himself from his GOP rival, former President Donald Trump.

A Campaign Event Revelation

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The governor’s statement was delivered during a campaign event on Thursday. It showcased DeSantis’ commitment to setting himself apart from Trump and addressing the potential influence of ongoing federal prosecutions led by Jack Smith.

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Concerns About Trump’s Influence

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DeSantis expressed concern that Trump, as the Republican nominee, could overshadow the election with legal issues and investigations. He fears that this focus would detract from addressing the nation’s challenges, setting the stage for a campaign dominated by Trump’s behavior and legal battles.

Pledging Immediate Action

Des Moines, Iowa, USA – August 12, 2023: Florida Republican Governor and presidential candidate Ron DeSantis greets supporters at the Iowa State Fair fair side chats in Des Moines, Iowa. — Photo by jhansen2

The Florida governor firmly declared, “I will fire Jack Smith on day one when I’m president.” DeSantis emphasized his belief that such legal challenges against Trump are unfair, aligning himself with the former president and his supporters who see them as a “weaponization” of the government.

Unity with Trump’s Supporters

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DeSantis has consistently aligned himself with Trump and his supporters, echoing their view. They believe that the Department of Justice’s prosecutions are an attempt to hinder President Biden’s likely primary opponent.

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Fear of Election Focus Shift

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The governor stressed his concern that media and Democrats aim to center the election solely around Trump, diverting attention from holding President Biden accountable for perceived failures. DeSantis argued that this focus would play into the Democratic playbook and lead to Republican losses across the country.

Lame-Duck President Concerns

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DeSantis raised questions about the viability of a Trump presidency, suggesting that even if Trump overcame legal challenges, he would begin as a “lame-duck president” on day one. The governor questioned how Trump could effectively govern and recruit necessary personnel with the shadow of ongoing legal battles.

Vision for the Presidency

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While making his pitch to Iowa voters, DeSantis outlined his vision for the presidency, emphasizing the need for a diverse team to enact meaningful change. He pledged to “upend this swamp in Washington” from day one.

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Smith’s Cases Against Trump

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Special counsel Jack Smith has brought two federal criminal cases against President Trump, one in Florida and another in Washington, D.C. These cases, including Trump’s efforts to challenge the 2020 election outcome, are a central point of contention.

Trump’s Legal Battles

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President Trump faces several legal cases, both civil and criminal, with claims that they amount to election interference. Despite these challenges, recent national polls show Trump with a substantial lead over his Republican rivals in the 2024 race.

Smith’s Motion in Election Case

Washington, DC / USA – July 9 2018: USA President Donald Trump in the Supreme Court of the United States, serious angry look during a speech.

Smith recently filed papers in the election case, seeking to prevent President Trump from claiming selective prosecution by federal officials. This motion aims to block Trump from asserting in court that he is being prosecuted for political reasons.

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Response and Trial Schedule

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In response, Trump attorney Alina Habba suggested that Smith is “running scared” and accused him of trying to prevent a robust defense. The District of Columbia trial is scheduled for March 4, one day before the Super Tuesday nominating contest for the 2024 presidential election.

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