DeSantis Says He’ll be “Aggressive at Issuing Pardons” to Pro-Life Americans Victimized by FBI Persecution

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 26, 2023   |   8:52AM   |  

Governor Ron DeSantis says he will support pro-life Americans and others who was facing increasing persecution from the Biden Justice Department.

In recent months, the FBI has targeted pro-life Americans for peacefully protesting abortion — including pro-life father Mark Houck, who was dragged from his home by FBI agents and faced 10 years in prison on bogus charges only to have a federal court dismiss them all and DOJ to have egg on its face.

DeSantis appeared on the “The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show” Thursday and vowed that if elected president, he would immediately tackle the problem of the political weaponization of the Department of Justice.

CLAY TRAVIS: You have a law background. You’ve obviously been very aggressive legally in what you can and cannot do as the Governor of Florida. The Department of Justice, the FBI has gone after the January 6th defendants with reckless, I would say, abandon. A big part of being president is pardon powers. Do you think the January 6th defendants deserve to have their cases examined by a Republican president?

And, and if Trump, let’s say, gets charged with federal offenses, and you are the president of the United States, would you look at potentially pardoning Trump himself based on the evidence that might emerge of those charges?

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DESANTIS: The DOJ and FBI have been weaponized. We see that, we see it in a variety of contexts, some of which you mentioned. Some of it is the FBI going after parents, going to school board meetings, some of it’s how they treat a pro-life demonstrator, how they don’t go after people that are attacking pro-lifers and so what I’m going to—I’m going to do on day one—I will have folks that will get together and look at all these cases who people are victims of weaponization or political targeting and we will be aggressive at issuing pardons.

DeSantis also indicated he would not wait until the end of his term to support pro-life Americans, Christians and others facing political persecution.

And I will do that at the front end—you know, a lot of people wait until the end of the administration to issue pardons, we’re going to find examples where government’s been weaponized against disfavored groups, and we will apply relief as appropriate.

But it will be done on a case by case basis because I think you gotta make sure that there’s a whole bunch of cases that don’t necessarily get headlines. But if people are being treated just because they don’t get on TV or something, they’re being treated disfavorably, they need to have a fair hearing as well.

In January, a grand jury found pro-life father Mark Houck not guilty on both counts in the case of the bogus charges the Biden administration filed against him.

Houck faced bogus charges that he violated the federal FACE law when he was helping women outside an abortion center. An abortion business escort accosted and bullied his son and Houck stepped in to stop it – and, in doing so, the older abortion center volunteer fell down. Houck could have faced over a decade in prison if he was found guilty.

Houck made national headlines last year after 20 heavily-armed federal agents stormed his home at dawn on September 23 — frightening his family, pointing guns at his head, and then arresting him in front of his wife and seven young children.