- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the FBI and DOJ have been "weaponized" against conservatives.
- He said that, if elected, he'd fire FBI Director Chris Wray on day one.
- DeSantis' promises echo former President Donald Trump's call to defund the DOJ and FBI.
Hours after a glitchy campaign announcement on Twitter Spaces on Wednesday that dominated headlines, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said that, if elected, he'd fire FBI Director Christopher Wray on day one of his presidency. That would represent a significant shift in how the executive branch works with the leadership of federal law enforcement.
"I think the DOJ and FBI have lost their way," DeSantis said while speaking to former House Rep. Trey Gowdy on Fox News. "I think that they've been weaponized against Americans who think like me and you, and I think that they've become very partisan."
DeSantis said he believes the DOJ and FBI have become partisan because previous Republican leaders simply "accepted the canard" that the two departments act independently.
"They answer to the elected president of the United States," DeSantis said. "So as president, you have a responsibility to be involved in holding those agencies accountable, clearing out people who are not doing the job.
Christopher Wray was appointed by Donald Trump to lead the FBI, and is a Republican.
The governor of Florida, who's trailing behind former President Donald Trump in national polling, is echoing remarks made repeatedly by Trump in recent months. After pleading "not guilty" to 34 felony counts in April, Trump called on legislators to defund the Department of Justice and FBI.
"REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS SHOULD DEFUND THE DOJ AND FBI UNTIL THEY COME TO THEIR SENSES," Trump posted on Truth Social.
According to CNN, some House Republicans are scoping out ways to defund specific law enforcement programs via appropriations. As the news service noted, congressional support to restrict law enforcement funding arose after FBI agents searched Trump's Mar-a-Lago home in August 2022.