Christina Pushaw to be deposed in Andrew Warren suspension hearing
Christina Pushaw. Image via Colin Hackley.

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Warren's attorneys claim the Governor's Office has not turned over requested communication.

Christina Pushaw, the firebrand former Press Secretary for Gov. Ron DeSantis and current Director of Rapid Response for his campaign, is being deposed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court Northern District Tallahassee Division in the case concerning Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren’s suspension from office.

DeSantis suspended Warren, who was elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2020, in early August, claiming Warren refused to enforce the law. The decision was based on Warren’s pledge to not enforce Florida’s new law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy and another to refrain from criminalizing individuals seeking gender-affirming health care.

In a motion to compel compliance with discovery obligations, attorneys for Warren argue DeSantis “has refused to make available most of the information that would assist this Court in resolving the sole dispositive issue in this case,” which is DeSantis’ motivation for suspending Warren from office. 

Warren is suing DeSantis in federal court saying his removal constitutes a violation of his First Amendment rights. In previous statements and interviews, Warren has said that, as an elected official, he answers to constituents, not the Governor. 

Pushaw is being called after disclosures from the Governor’s Office identified her as having information about Warren’s removal that has yet to be turned over, according to the latest motion.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle declined to reinstate Warren to office, instead favoring a speedy trial to settle the matter “once and for all,” according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

Warren’s Office had “generally requested all documents relating to his suspension, including all documents from the alleged ‘investigation’ conducted by the Governor’s office,” according to the motion. 

“But despite the expedited manner of this proceeding, on October 10 … the Governor provided only objections and promises of certain future production,” the motion reads. 

The motion claims the Governor’s Office did not provide communications on social media platforms “even though Ms. Pushaw commonly uses Twitter’s direct message function to conduct state business.” It also claims no text messages were shared through discovery. 

Larry Keefe, DeSantis’ public safety czar, will be deposed Wednesday. Disclosures from the Governor’s Office indicated Keefe had “information concerning the background investigation and initial draft” of DeSantis’ executive order suspending Warren. 

The Governor’s Office, according to the motion, has not provided text messages to and from Keefe, despite evidence the motion notes that suggests he utilizes “text messages as a primary means of communication.”

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10 comments

  • Elliott Offen

    October 18, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    Russian asset Pushaw is a silly looking bird. I mean, can we get serious any time soon? Get these Russian propagandists out of government. Also DeSantis must go. He’s part of the whole Trump debacle.

    • Ocean Joe

      October 18, 2022 at 3:12 pm

      It’s looking like he gets re-elected, so in order to get rid of him you’ll have to leave a trail of food.

      If it was Trump, cheeseburgers would work, maybe two scoops of ice cream. Hard to say what motivates Desantis.

      • Jay Smif

        October 18, 2022 at 3:32 pm

        Pudgy Fascist Ron DeSantis would get his kicks from killing transgender kids for sport while burning a stack of books that have the potential to make him “feel bad,” so the options are endless for the whiny nazi that he is.

      • Impeach Biden

        October 18, 2022 at 8:08 pm

        Who’s the brain dead CIC licking his ice cream cone as the economy collapses? November 8.

        • Charlie Crist

          October 18, 2022 at 9:36 pm

          👆 Tired and used up line by far right troll…

    • just sayin

      October 19, 2022 at 9:44 am

      “Russian asset”? LMFAO, she was a registered agent for Georgia, which is an enemy of Russia’s. Jesus, would it hurt you idiots to learn some basic geopolitics?

  • michelle

    October 18, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    yes!

  • Concern Citizen

    October 18, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    Lock her up!

  • tom palmer

    October 18, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Since Gov. DeSantis is too chicken-hearted to answer questions under oath for his decision, I guess one of his lackeys will have to do.

  • David In Shoreline

    October 18, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Too bad Warren signed those letters saying he wouldn’t enforce the law. If it wasn’t for that, one might have thought the good Governor got ahead of himself. But nope, those letters exist. Malfeasance, misfeasance, call it what you will, Warren ain’t getting his job back.

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