Former Fla. Gov calls for an investigation into the state's 'outsized role' in the Jan. 6 riot

Former Fla. Gov calls for an investigation into the state's 'outsized role' in the Jan. 6 riot
© Greg Nash

Rep. Charlie CristCharles (Charlie) Joseph CristFlorida poll: DeSantis falls behind Crist as COVID-19 cases surge Florida becomes epicenter of COVID-19 surge Charlie Crist calls on DeSantis to require Florida state employees to be vaccinated MORE (D-Fla.) on Friday pressed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisFlorida poll: DeSantis falls behind Crist as COVID-19 cases surge Overnight Health Care: Florida becomes epicenter of COVID-19 surge | NYC to require vaccination for indoor activities | Biden rebukes GOP governors for barring mask mandates Biden rebukes GOP governors for barring mask mandates MORE (R) to create a commission to investigate the state's role in the events of Jan. 6.

"I'm calling on @GovRonDeSantis to protect our democracy by ordering a non-partisan investigation of Florida's outsized role in the Capitol Insurrection," Crist, a former Florida governor and current state gubernatorial candidate, tweeted.

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In a video he shared to Twitter, Crist said DeSantis should issue an executive order allowing for a deeper look into the "violent extremists" based in the Sunshine State.

He added, "The unprecedented attack on our nation's capitol on January the 6th was an assault on our very democracy."

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In his message, Crist noted that more Floridians have been arrested and charged for their roles in the Capitol riot than participants from any other states.

"Hate and insurrection can have no home here," Crist captioned one of the tweets. "DeSantis must act to keep us safe." 

Newsweek notes that 47 of the 484 people arrested in relation to the Jan. 6 attack hail from Florida. 

As of Friday night, DeSantis had not addressed Crist's call for action, and the governor's office did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.