Republican presidential candidate Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) said Tuesday that Donald Trump should have responded more forcefully to the rioters on Jan. 6, but argued that his conduct was not criminal.
“I think it was shown how he was in the White House and didn’t do anything while things were going on, he should have come out more forcefully, of course,” DeSantis said at a press conference in Columbia, S.C.
“But to try to criminalize that, that’s a different issue entirely and I think that we want to be in a situation where you don’t have one side just constantly trying to put the other side in jail,” he added.
Trump announced Tuesday that he received a target letter from Special Counsel Jack Smith as part of an investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol and efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
“Deranged Jack Smith, the prosecutor with Joe Biden’s DOJ, sent a letter (again it was Sunday night!) stating that I am a TARGET of the January 6th Grand Jury investigation, and giving me a very short 4 days to report to the Grand Jury, which almost always means an arrest and indictment,” Trump wrote.
Trump called the letter “HORRIFYING NEWS for our Country,” and said that it means he will be indicted for a third time.