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DeSantis speaks out on migrant relocation flights
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has called for states to take a more aggressive approach to immigration enforcement, while facing criticism for directing flights of migrants from Texas to Sacramento. DeSantis defended the use of Florida tax dollars for the flights, stating that it was a way to help Texas combat the border crisis. However, California officials have launched investigations into the flights, accusing Florida of potential criminal wrongdoing and using words like “kidnapping.” California Governor Gavin Newsom questioned the use of Florida tax dollars to move migrants who were never in Florida, emphasizing that California would hold those accountable if they broke the state’s laws. DeSantis, who recently announced his candidacy for president, made these remarks during an event in Sierra Vista, Arizona, where he expressed opposition to the Biden administration’s immigration policies. He is scheduled to make campaign stops in Texas and Oklahoma in the coming days.
Down but not out: Crist tapped for Ambassador post
Former U.S. Representative Charlie Crist will be nominated for an ambassador position, according to the White House. President Joe Biden plans to nominate Crist as the Representative of the United States of America on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), with the rank of ambassador. The ICAO is a United Nations agency responsible for air-transportation policies and standards. Crist, who served as a Republican governor from 2006 to 2010, later switched to the Democratic Party and was elected to the U.S. House in 2016. He lost the last three statewide elections he participated in, unsuccessfully running for U.S. Senate in 2010, then lost a race for governor in 2014 against Rick Scott, and last year challenged Republican Governor Ron DeSantis in the gubernatorial race, losing by nearly 20 points. Senate confirmation will be required for Crist’s nomination to the aviation post.
Trump in South Florida grand jury crosshairs
A South Florida grand jury has been convened as part of a broader investigation into former President Donald Trump’s activities. The grand jury is examining Trump’s efforts to retain materials after leaving office and obstruct the government’s attempts to retrieve them. The Department of Justice guidelines suggest notifying the subject of an investigation before seeking an indictment, and Trump’s lawyers recently met with DOJ officials to discuss their concerns about the integrity of the grand jury. Special Counsel John Smith, who is leading the investigation, was appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland and is also looking into Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election. Additionally, Trump is facing separate charges in New York City related to falsifying business records.
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