Soros-linked prosecutor removed by Gov. DeSantis pledges 'I'm not going down without a fight'

DeSantis removed Warren, who has been linked to Democrat-megadonor George Soros, for "refusing to enforce Florida law."

Updated: August 7, 2022 - 3:55pm

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Tampa State Attorney Andrew Warren, who Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis removed from office last week, said on Sunday that he is "not going down without a fight."

DeSantis removed Warren, who has been linked to Democrat-megadonor George Soros, for "refusing to enforce Florida law."

Warren accused DeSantis of "trying to overthrow democracy in Florida" by removing him, and said he is not leaving office.

In his executive order, DeSantis wrote that the governor has the power to suspend any state officer for numerous things, including "neglect of duty" and "incompetence."

DeSantis specifically cited Warren's pledge to not prosecute Florida's pro-life laws. He also mentioned how Warren has not enforced laws regarding trespassing, disorderly conduct and prostitution, among other things.

Warren said he was building a "21st Century criminal justice system we can be proud of." 

He criticized DeSantis' decision as "trying to overturn the results of a fair and free election."

Susan Lopez, who DeSantis appointed to take over for Warren in Florida's 13th Judicial Circuit, said: "I have the utmost respect for our state laws and I understand the important role that the State Attorney plays in ensuring the safety of our community and the enforcement of our laws."