Nikki Fried calls out Ron DeSantis for saying FBI ‘weaponized’ over Trump raid

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In a Monday-evening tweet, DeSantis called the search a 'weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime’s political opponents.'

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is denouncing what she calls the ‘hypocrisy’ of Gov. Ron DeSantis over his response to the search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home while she’s simultaneously calling for politicians to tone down their rhetoric amid increasing polarization in the country.

Fried delivered her message while standing in front of the Governor’s mansion. DeSantis and other Republicans ripped the FBI for executing a search warrant of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence on Monday and the reverberations have led some GOP officials to call for a dismantling of federal law enforcement agencies.

The Governor called the search a “weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime’s political opponents” in a tweet put out on Monday evening.

Fried faulted DeSantis for his position, saying he escalated the situation. She asserted DeSantis had not condemned the Jan. 6 rioters that stormed the U.S. Capitol and contended he abused his executive power by suspending Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren from office last week.

She acknowledged the unprecedented decision of law enforcement authorities to search a former President’s home, but also said all the facts are not yet known in the case.

“Nobody is above the law, not Donald Trump, not Ron DeSantis, not me,” Fried said. “Five days ago, my heart also sank when I heard the news of Andrew Warren’s suspension, a politically motivated overreach of executive power by our Governor. Now he’s accusing the FBI of the same thing. The hypocrisy is astounding.”

Fried went on a lengthy complaint about what she called divisive talk coming from political officials, and also used the opportunity to criticize her Primary opponent, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist. She folded Crist’s efforts in campaign ads to link her to U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who she again asserted was never really friends with her.

“I believe a majority of Americans and Floridians do not want to see heightened rhetoric from both sides,” Fried said. “We are tired of the culture wars and the echo chambers and we are running out of time to reach across the political divide and recognize we are all Americans.”

Fried’s conciliatory remarks are in stark contrast to comments she made earlier this year in which she compared DeSantis to the infamous dictator Adolf Hitler. When asked about it Tuesday, she denied she had compared him to Hitler. Instead, Fried said actions taken by the state were analogous to events that occurred under Hitler’s rise.

Christine Jordan Sexton

Tallahassee-based health care reporter who focuses on health care policy and the politics behind it. Medicaid, health insurance, workers’ compensation, and business and professional regulation are just a few of the things that keep me busy.


28 comments

  • It's Complicated

    August 9, 2022 at 11:59 am

    Did Fried even read the Executive Order on the Andrew Warren suspension? Lays it out pretty succinctly, including citing court precedents. I agree that people need to tone down the rhetoric until we know the facts on the search warrant served on Trump.

    • tom palmer

      August 9, 2022 at 5:12 pm

      Yeah, but we haven’t seen a formal response from Warren. Any filing looks good if you haven’t heard the other side. There are a lot of issues, such as chronology,, the status of appeals on whether the law is even constitutional etc. etc etc,

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    • MH Duval

      August 9, 2022 at 9:05 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion to read the Executive Order:
      https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Executive-Order-22-176.pdf

      My first impression is that Ron is one bombastic Ivy Leaguer — not that he wrote this himself.

      Second impression is that many of the citations come from Rick Scott’s removal of SA Ayala of Orlando, also a dubious case.

      Third, the order’s extended and distorted description of partial-birth abortion, or “intact dilation and extraction,” a term the U.S. Supreme Court has held to be synonymous, is ghastly grandstanding.

      This is clearly an opportunity for DeSantis to inflame his adherents, which he must do more and more frequently as the election approaches.

      • Toast Master

        August 10, 2022 at 12:48 pm

        What we support is the rule of law and it’s honest enforcement. The selective application of the law is corruption. Andrew Warren is corrupt.

        What you support is constant appeals to emotion. Appeals that are used to manipulate you into supporting the twisting of the law in the naked pursuit of political power.

        Most of the left are puppets, the balance are merely evil.

  • Joe Corsin

    August 9, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    Just bombshell after bombshell raining down on Trump’s greasy yellow wig. Hand him a revolver and encourage him to issue himself the coup degras!!!! Fly! Fly to Russia you corrupt billionaire fascist!!!

  • Impeach Biden

    August 9, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    Nikki standing in front of the Governor’s mansion. That is as close as she will ever get. Bye bye Nikki Fraud. Looks like your so called scientist friend is looking for work as well. 🤣

    • Wakko Romero

      August 9, 2022 at 6:14 pm

      Too quote yor favorite reality tv person…”so sad.” And you are sad, delusional, and pathetic like IQ45. Over throwing the govt not a good look.

      • Toast Master

        August 10, 2022 at 12:51 pm

        When you see Darling Nikki working the counter at one of her weed stores, you can call her Governor then if it gets you off.

  • Jeffrey Lane Foster

    August 9, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    Nikki Fried,
    If you want the rule of law to work then then the FBI should go about investigating Hunter Biden even if the DOJ is appointed by Daddy. How about Hillary and her destroying of emails and other things. Oh wait Comey took out documents in his socks and his crotch when he left the FBI offices, but nobody went after him What does that tell you about this whole Political party you belong to? They have video evidence of Hunter using drugs but they didn’t raid his home

    • Jay Smif

      August 9, 2022 at 3:42 pm

      Bad news, snowflake – the Trump DOJ cleared Hillary of any and all wrongdoing, and the DOJ has Fat Hitler dead to rights if a federal judge signed off on this warrant yesterday. You’re gonna REALLY hate what comes next.

      • Kenneth C Kovar

        August 9, 2022 at 8:56 pm

        truth, the Trumps own DOJ cleared her.. oh the irony!!

    • Elliott Offen

      August 9, 2022 at 5:16 pm

      BUT HUNTER! Hunter Biden didn’t encourage sedition and violence with hideous lies about a stolen election. Hunter Biden didn’t take classified documents to his house and refuse to return them. And he didn’t ask Georgia secretary of state to find votes that he knew he didn’t have. Even if Hunter Biden was jailed for life…you people still wouldn’t want a damn thing to happen to Orange Hitler so don’t hand people that crap. Shame on you for supporting such a man as Trump.

      • Ocean Joe

        August 9, 2022 at 5:45 pm

        They didn’t hand people that crap…they smeared it all over the walls of the capitol building, because that’s what you do when you’re on a tourist visit and you come from Magaland.
        BTW, does this mean young Pudge has to wait and run in 2028? Does Bloat clear the field in his quest for executive immunity?

      • Kenneth C Kovar

        August 9, 2022 at 8:55 pm

        exactly

    • Kenneth C Kovar

      August 9, 2022 at 8:54 pm

      None of that was true and Clinton did not unleash an ape shit mob on the Capitol. You are just repeatin the same tired lies

  • Just a comment

    August 9, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    But Donald was sending us to uraines

  • Joe Corsin

    August 9, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    Yeah during the raid the Trump dumb-dumbs were out there justa waving those desecrated flags. The flags with the orange crook covering the stripes. By God these people are derelicts… sub-apes.

    • Impeach Biden

      August 9, 2022 at 10:25 pm

      And these sub apes were going to overthrow the government armed with backpacks and flags. Uh huh. Corsin / Elliott overdosing on MSNBC.

      • Joe Corsin

        August 10, 2022 at 11:13 am

        If they’d gotten to democratic Congress people then who knows. Interrupting a democratic process is a form of government overthrow albeit for a very short period of time. If government can’t function then you can consider it overthrown until it starts functioning again.

  • FabFiveFreddy

    August 9, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    If no one is above the law, I am quite certain that a robust investigation into the falsified official financial disclosures filed by Fried is ongoing and that we can expect a resignation based upon her ongoing conflicts of interest with the cannabis industry.

  • gb

    August 9, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    first, no “federal Judge” signed off on the FBI search of Trump’s residence–it was a “magistrate”–that in itself raises some serious questions–
    While we’re at it–the “stolen election” comments–statistically impossible for biden to have suddenly won- Name ONE–just ONE, court, that heard all the evidence trump brought to the table, and the jury said no—–you can’t name one, period. Each submission was summarily dismissed by a swamp dwelling judge—no trial, no jury

    • Ron DeSantis Sucks

      August 10, 2022 at 1:38 am

      A magistrate judge IS a federal judge, you dumbfuck.

    • marylou

      August 10, 2022 at 12:15 pm

      “some serious questions” Trump could answer all your FBI related questions. He has a copy of the warrant–which states the charges under which it was approved, and lists every single item removed by the FBI. DOJ cannot release this information, since it is an ongoing investigation. That would be considered prejudicial.

  • marylou

    August 10, 2022 at 10:38 am

    Desantis is irresponsible and unfit to be governor of Florida–encouraging MAGAs to repeat Jan6, knowing that they are the ones who will be going to jail, or dead like Ashli Babbitt. He’s more than happy to get Trump and Only–Trumpers out of his way. Ron will do anything for power.

    • Toast Master

      August 10, 2022 at 12:55 pm

      Ah yes, another fan of dopesick, downlow adulterer, Andrew Gillum who rejects reality for his cult fantasy worldview.

      • marylou

        August 11, 2022 at 10:24 am

        Well, that’s relevant
        What is relevant is that deSantis is on the 2022 ballot, but is all over the country campaigning, instead, for 2024. Fake folksy Ron is just using you. Vote BLUE!

  • YYep

    August 14, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    Mr sticky fingers got caught with the loot

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