DeSantis sees the Jan. 6 hearings as a way to get Trump indicted, an unnamed source told Politico.
The hearings were politically damaging to the former president and could lead to a criminal referral.
Trump and DeSantis are seen as the main rivals for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.
Ron DeSantis sees the January 6 committee hearings as a way to get former President Donald Trump indicted, an anonymous source told Politicoas rumors continue to grow about the Florida governor’s ambitions for a 2024 presidential election.
“That’s where his head is. He thinks the goal here is to get the supreme judge to go after him,” a Republican consultant familiar with DeSantis’s thinking told Politico. “That’s what it’s all about, according to Ron.”
Insider has contacted DeSantis’ office for comment.
Over the past few weeks, the committee of January 6 presented evidence of Trump’s involvement in a comprehensive plan to reverse his defeat in the 2020 election.
Trump has long sparked rumors that he will launch another bid for the presidency in 2024, but according to the Politico report, GOP donors are tired of the scandals surrounding the former president and are looking at potential challengers, including DeSantis.
DeSantis once established himself as a loyal ally to the former president, but is now considered Trump’s main rival for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024.
While neither has officially announced their candidacy, it is widely believed that both are preparing to bid for the White House. Politico reported: last week that DeSantis wouldn’t look for Trump’s approval for re-election in the November midterms.
DeSantis defeated Trump in a University of New Hampshire poll of Republican voters ahead of the state’s primary last week, although the former president maintains a significant lead nationally, according to an aggregate of polls by FiveThirtyEight.
The January 6 hearings focused on claims that Trump knew, or should have known, that his claim that the election had been stolen from him was false, but kept pushing them in his bid to undo his defeat.
This can cause the commission making a criminal reference to the former president to the Justice Department, which would then decide whether or not to prosecute the former president.
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