Within 12 hours of Warren’s attorney filing a motion in federal court to challenge the suspension, Simpson said in a news release Wednesday, the Florida Senate temporarily halted its process to consider Warren’s impeachment.
“Senate counsel notes that the pending suit challenges the entire executive order,” Simpson, a Republican, wrote in his letter Wednesday to Warren and all senators. “Therefore, the basis for any future Senate actions will be affected by the current lawsuit.”
In his letter, Simpson asked senators to suspend proceedings regarding Warren’s suspension until “a final decision is rendered in this pending litigation.”
Warren’s lawsuit alleges that DeSantis violated the state’s First Amendment rights attorney and overstepped DeSantis’ authority as governor under Florida law. In his suit, Warren is asking the court to order DeSantis to rescind the executive order suspending him and reinstate him.
Under Florida law, the governor can remove “any county officer” for wrongdoing, poor performance, neglect of duty, drunkenness, incompetence, permanent inability to perform official duties, or the commission of a felony.
Warren argued on CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday that “the Florida constitution sets very limited criteria by which any governor can suspend an elected official” and that DeSantis was trying to “replace his judgment with that of the electors who elected me.”
“He can’t just dismiss people’s voices because he doesn’t agree with something I said,” Warren said of the governor.
On Wednesday, Taryn Finsky, a spokesperson for DeSantis, told CNN: “It is not surprising that Warren, who was suspended for refusing to follow the law, filed a baseless lawsuit to challenge his suspension.
“We look forward to a response in court,” Vinsky added.
CNN’s Steve Conturno and Veronica Straqualorsi contributed to this report.
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