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Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner ‘disappointed’ by possible impeachment, says it’s on ‘political points’


Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner responded Friday to the Pennsylvania House Select Committee’s request for a written statement on restoring law and order, saying he was “totally disappointed” of his approach to impeach him and said it was only done to score “politically”. points.”

Krasner said in his letter to the select committee that he ‘repeatedly declined’ to speak to her, whether in a public or private hearing, and said the committee instead asked him to write a statement. written.

“Instead of meeting me in person, publicly or privately, you asked me to submit a written statement on the condition that it be submitted within a very short time, due today at 5:00 p.m. You did not specify questions I should answer or topics I should cover You only said it should be “relevant to the work of the select committee,” Krasner said in the response.

He added that there was “no mystery” why Friday’s deadline is important to the committee.

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Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner addressed the South Street mass shooting Monday at an independent press conference.
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“Today is the last business day before the House convenes on Monday (for its final sessions before the midterm elections), and you would like to give the appearance to hear me out before recommending my removal as Philadelphia prosecutor,” Krasner added.

The Philadelphia District Attorney accused the select committee of never specifying what the ‘basis for impeachment’ is, alleging that ‘there was no suggestion of criminal conduct or corruption of any kind “.

“Every decision I make as a district attorney is aimed at achieving justice and improving public safety. That is my oath. Public safety has always been my primary goal, and I have never strayed to focus more intensely on the most serious and violent offenses,” Krasner wrote in the letter, adding that “progress” is being made.

“Years later, we are beginning to see progress in this direction thanks in part to the grant opportunities now available and additional government investments from the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth. Despite the delay, I am thrilled to see this progress “, said Krasner.

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Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner speaks to the media after a press conference announcing Danielle Outlaw as the new police commissioner

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner speaks to the media after a press conference announcing Danielle Outlaw as the new police commissioner
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He concluded the letter to the select committee by writing that he wanted to have a conversation about “crime prosecution and public safety,” but not when “you’re not looking for political points just before an election.”

Pennsylvania Republican House Speaker Bryan Cutler said in response to Krasner’s letter that “[Krasner] ignores once again the scourge of violence in his city.”

“I am disappointed, but not surprised, by Mr. Krasner’s response to the House Select Committee on Restoring Law and Order. At best his statements are the result of misinformation, at worst , he intentionally attempts to distort the intentions of the committee in a continuing effort to distract the public from the shortcomings of his office. Worst of all, and most obvious, is his evident lack of understanding of legal processes and the authority of the House of Representatives,” Cutler said.

Responding to Krasner’s assertion that the purpose of the select committee is to impeach him, Cutler said the committee’s purpose was to improve public safety.

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Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner reacts as he is mentioned by Danielle Outlaw during a press conference announcing him as the new police commissioner on December 30, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner reacts as he is mentioned by Danielle Outlaw during a press conference announcing him as the new police commissioner on December 30, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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“Furthermore, Mr. Krasner says the committee’s stated purpose is to remove the district attorney. He is once again ignoring the scourge of violence in his city. The committee’s stated purpose is to restore law and order, to find possible solutions that save lives, and to end a culture of violence that impacts the daily lives of millions of residents and visitors in one of the most notorious cities in our country said Cutler.

Krasner’s letter to lawmakers comes after he held a press conference Friday morning alleging that Republicans’ campaign push on crime is a “racist message,” alleging that the party playbook is to “point the finger at big diverse cities and say that the great diverse cities are lawless.”

“What we’re seeing here is the same old playbook, which is about coded and racist messages,” Krasner said. “It’s about blaming the largest city in Pennsylvania with the most diverse population for having the same national struggle we have with gun violence everywhere and even having increases that are lower than committee counties.”

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