Gov. DeSantis vetoes proposal for Florida to fund Trump's legal fees

DeSantis' decision to turn down the bill follows his withdrawal from the Republican presidential primary earlier this week, where he placed second in the Iowa Caucuses.

Gov. DeSantis vetoes proposal for Florida to fund Trump's legal fees
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis rejected a proposal on Monday evening that aimed to allocate Florida taxpayer funds to cover former President Donald Trump's legal expenses.

Introduced by Republican State Senator Ileana Garcia, the legislation sought to provide up to $5 million in state support for Trump's defense in the four criminal cases against him, the Daily Wire reports.

“We’re in the midst of an historic moment where we’re watching an election that’s trying to be stolen by left wing prosecutors, the Biden Administration and even Blue States,” said GOP state Sen. Ileana Garcia in a statement.

“They’re not trying to win at the ballot box; they’re trying to keep President Trump off the ballot by weaponizing the courts. Having a Floridian in the White House is good for our state — and anything we can do to support Florida Presidential candidates, like President Trump, will not only benefit our state, but our nation.”

In an X post, Politico wrote, “Some Florida Republicans want taxpayers to pay Trump’s legal bills,” to which DeSantis responded: “But not the Florida Republican who wields the veto pen…”

The report indicated that the bill seemed unlikely to progress significantly from the outset, as it lacked a corresponding measure in the Florida House of Representatives, and Republican legislative leaders in the state had not advocated for it.

“There also could be legal questions about the bill since Florida has strict procedural rules regarding legislation that is tailored to an individual or a single business,” the report noted.

DeSantis' decision to turn down the bill follows his withdrawal from the Republican presidential primary earlier this week, where he placed second in the Iowa Caucuses.

“While I’ve had disagreements with Donald Trump, such as on the coronavirus pandemic and his elevation of Anthony Fauci, Trump is superior to the current incumbent Joe Biden. That is clear,” DeSantis said in his endorsement of Trump on Sunday. “I signed a pledge to support the Republican nominee and I will honor that pledge. He has my endorsement because we can’t go back to the old Republican Guard of yesteryear, a repackaged form of warmed over corporatism that Nikki Haley represents.”

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