The Florida prosecutor, who was suspended by Gov. Ron DeSantis, claimed Friday that he still has work to do.
Andrew Warren, who served as Hillsborough County’s chief prosecutor until DeSantis announced his dismissal on Thursday, told CBS he still has a job.
“He has no authority to suspend me,” he told the network.
Warren claimed the move was “unconstitutional” and refused to acknowledge its legitimacy.
These comments were slammed on Twitter by DeSantis spokesperson Christina Pushaw Friday, who said Warren was “paranoid.”
“Andrew Warren has told the media that he is still a state attorney because he identifies as a state attorney,” she wrote. “Sorry, it can’t fly here. In Florida, we live in the real world. His badge doesn’t even allow access to his former office today.”
DeSantis said he fired Warren because he had not charged him with a serious crime, and promised to ignore any current or future restrictions on abortion and sex change surgery for minors.
“We are not going to allow a pathogen that is prevalent in our country to ignore the law. We are not going to allow it to gain a foothold here in Florida,” the governor said Thursday. “We will ensure that the law is enforced and that individual prosecutors are not above the law.”
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister backed the moratorium, claiming that local law enforcement was frustrated by what he saw as leniency on Warren’s prosecution.
Warren tore up his dismissal, claiming his office did not handle cases related to abortion or gender reassignment surgery and was being punished for fictitious misconduct.
DeSantis has repeatedly denounced progressive DAs in cities such as New York and Los Angeles, claiming they have allowed crime to soar.
Warren was removed from the state attorney’s website shortly after his suspension as DeSantis appointed Susan Lopez to replace him.