Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, today hand-delivered a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch requesting a Special Counsel be appointed to oversee the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private, unsecured e-mail server to conduct official government business.
During a CBS interview on October 11, 2015, President Barack Obama commented on the ongoing investigation into Secretary Clinton’s server, stating that: “I don’t think it posed a national security problem.”
“Just as he did with the IRS investigation, the President prejudged the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private emails and her handling of classified information,” DeSantis said. “Members of the military and intelligence communities have been – and continue to be – prosecuted for infractions potentially less egregious. Secretary Clinton is not above the rule of law. It is critically important that this investigation is conducted impartially and that the decision to prosecute does not hinge on political considerations. For that reason, I am demanding that Attorney General Lynch appoint a Special Counsel.”
43 members joined DeSantis in issuing this request. The full text of the letter can be viewed here.Read More
St. Augustine, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today attended the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremonies at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in St. Augustine, Florida. DeSantis issued the following statement:
“Ensuring that our veterans receive uninterrupted care as the St. Augustine CBOC transitions to a permanent location has been one of my top priorities. It was an honor to speak at today’s ceremony; our veterans have given so much to our nation, and we must provide them with the medical care that they deserve. I will continue to monitor and conduct oversight as the VA chooses a permanent facility, and work to implement long-term solutions to complete VA medical facility projects in a more timely fashion.”Read More
Washington, DC –Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today voted against the budget deal negotiated between congressional leadership and the White House. The budget passed over the opposition of more than two-thirds of Republican House members. DeSantis issued the following statement:
"The budget bill is the perfect encapsulation of why so many Americans are frustrated with Washington: it was crafted in secret, unveiled less than 48 hours before the vote, and relies on phony budget and accounting gimmicks to mask its startling level of fiscal irresponsibility. Because of this bill, our debt will reach nearly $20 trillion, $150 billion will be pilfered from Social Security, and President Obama will receive tens of billions of dollars for his pet projects. This is what you call 'business as usual in Washington, D.C.'"Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), joined by several members of the Florida congressional delegation, sent a letter today to Florida Governor Rick Scott, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, and Senate President Andy Gardiner, commending the state legislature for their strong sanctions against Iran. Having not been either ratified as a treaty or adopted as statutory law, the nuclear deal that the Obama Administration has negotiated with Iran cannot preempt the policies of states such as Florida.
"The Obama-Kerry deal with Iran is dangerous for America's national security but it is not binding law,” DeSantis said. “State-based sanctions such as those enacted in Florida cannot be overridden by this executive agreement and therefore serve a critical role in protecting the security of the American people. I commend Florida and other states that have enacted these policies."Read More
Washington, DC – President Barack Obama has vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act, which authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense for Fiscal Year 2016. Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, issued the following statement:
"What kind of commander-in-chief vetoes the annual defense bill that received strong bipartisan support and authorizes critical funding for our troops? With his veto of the bipartisan defense authorization bill, President Obama has turned his back on our troops and reached a new low as a leader. Punishing the military out of spite because of a hunger for higher spending for failed agencies like the IRS is pathetic. Congress should override the President's veto forthwith."Read More
St. Augustine, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, is calling for the international community to condemn the terror attacks committed by Palestinian assailants in Israel today:
"The Palestinian Authority refuses to take the most basic steps towards ensuring peace with Israel, and instead incites terrorism. We mourn the three innocent lives that were taken today by those seeking to destroy Israel and wish that the injured recover quickly. The United States must stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our Israeli friends and Congress should use all of the policy tools at its disposal to punish the Palestinian Authority for its actions."Read More
St. Augustine, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued this statement following media reports that Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy was aware that his agents were in possession of information regarding Chairman Jason Chaffetz, in violation of federal law:
"Director Clancy demonstrated a serious lack of judgment by allowing his agents to distribute personal information regarding Chairman Chaffetz, which they then released in an attempt to discredit legitimate concerns regarding the numerous failures of the Secret Service. I am stunned that Director Clancy did not immediately take disciplinary action against the agents involved for such a flagrant violation of federal law. This behavior is indicative of the toxic culture within the Secret Service and detrimental towards re-establishing trust in the Secret Service's ability to discharge its important duties and responsibilities."Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) issued the following statement following the House passage of a continuing resolution that funds the federal government through December 11:
“Continuing resolutions are no way to legislate. Today's continuing resolution extends the spending priorities of the Harry Reid Senate from 2014, fails to direct money away from organizations like Planned Parenthood that sell baby parts for profit, contains less funding for our military than the appropriations bill passed by the House earlier this year, and does nothing to cut wasteful spending and reform government.”Read More
St. Augustine – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) issued the following statement in response to the completion of and beginning of patient care at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in St. Augustine, Florida:
“After years of delays, I am glad that the Department of Veterans Affairs has completed an interim clinic in St. Augustine to serve the more than 5,000 veterans that rely on the VA clinic for care. It is critically important that our veterans receive uninterrupted service as the St. Augustine CBOC transitions from their previous location. Rest assured, I will continue to monitor and conduct oversight over the progress towards a permanent facility.”Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, sent a letter today to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter demanding answers in response to allegations that United States troops are discouraged from reporting the rape and abuse of children at the hands of our Afghan allies. The letter can be found here. DeSantis issued the following statement:
“Recent media reports claim that our military commanders in Afghanistan have instructed troops to look the other way should they witness crimes against children, including sexual assault and rape, occurring at the hands of our Afghan allies. These allegations are horrific, and if true, absolutely indefensible. ‘Cultural considerations’ should not overrule the importance of defending the human rights of the most vulnerable. I have asked Secretary Carter to detail for Congress exactly where Pentagon policy and enforcement on this issue stands, and he needs to respond promptly. This sad situation requires swift accountability.”Read More
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On January 3, 2013, Ron DeSantis was sworn in as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives as the federal representative for Florida’s sixth congressional district, which encompasses St. Johns and Flagler counties, as well as large portions of Volusia and Putnam counties.
A native Floridian with blue collar roots, Ron worked his way through Yale University, where he earned a bachelor of arts, magna cum laude, and was the captain of the varsity baseball team. He also graduated with honors from Harvard Law School.
While at Harvard, Ron earned a commission in the United States Navy as a JAG officer. During his active duty service, he served as a military prosecutor, supported operations at the terrorist detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and deployed to Iraq during the 2007 troop surge as an advisor to a U.S. Navy SEAL commander in support of the SEAL mission in Iraq. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal (meritorious service) and the Iraq Campaign Medal.
He has also served as a federal prosecutor, prosecuting a wide range of cases involving offenses such as child exploitation, fraud, and interference with military air navigation.
He has written on constitutional first principles in various outlets and in his book, Dreams From Our Founding Fathers: First Principles in the Age of Obama.
Ron lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL with his wife, Casey Black DeSantis, an Emmy award-winning television host. He is currently an officer in the U.S. Navy reserve.
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POTUS prejudged investigation when he told CBS that Clinton's use of private e-mail didn't pose nat'l sec problem: https://t.co/jsN0LVGfax.
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DeSantis hand-delivered letter to AG Lynch asking for appt of Special Counsel to probe Hillary Clinton's private email use for gov't biz
43 members of Congress joined me in issuing this request. You may read the full letter here: https://t.co/jsN0LVGfax.
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