Pennsylvania Republicans have opened impeachment proceedings against ultra-progressive District Attorney Larry Krasner, accusing him of a “willful refusal” to tackle “unchecked violent crime.”
A trio of Keystone State House representatives announced the drastic move Monday while also unveiling a website, StopKrasner.com, for crime victims to detail their horror stories.
“We recognize it is an extraordinary measure — but the actions that the DA has taken are extraordinary,” said one of the trio, Rep. Josh Kail.
“We are starting this process now because the unchecked violent crime in Philadelphia has reached a breaking point due to the willful refusal by District Attorney Krasner to enforce existing laws,” he said.
“Lives been lost, property has been destroyed, and families have been crushed. Enough is enough,” he said.
Krasner was quickly eyed as a likely subject for getting booted from office after ultra-liberal San Franciscans voted overwhelmingly to get rid of their soft-on-crime district attorney, Chesa Boudin.
Rep. Tim O’Neal, one of the three opening the impeachment move, predicted many other states would follow.
“Across the country, people are standing up to unchecked and uncontrolled violence and lawlessness allowed because of radical politicians in district attorneys’ offices, like Larry Krasner,” he said.
The Republicans noted how so far in 2022 there have been nearly 1,000 people injured or killed by gun violence in Philadelphia, with 220 homicides.
The final straw came with a mass shooting that left three dead and 11 injured earlier this month, the lawmakers said.
Retired police officer Nick Gerace recently told Fox News, “Do not come to Philadelphia … You’re not safe.”
Rep. Torren Ecker insisted he and his two colleagues did not take the decision “lightly,” but did so after “the problem of violent crime has reached a breaking point” across the state, singling out gun crime.
“It’s not only gun crime, it’s not only theft — it’s widespread lawlessness,” he insisted.
Krasner, he said, has “time and again … ignored the laws of the commonwealth and put the lives of Pennsylvanians at risk.
“Businesses are shutting their doors, people are fleeing the city, and victims are being silenced,” Ecker insisted, accusing the DA of “being derelict in his duties.”
Krasner, a former civil-rights lawyer who made his name suing the government on behalf of activists and protesters, dismissed the move as “clearly unconstitutional.”
“They have no legal basis whatsoever,” he insisted at a press conference Monday, saying that not liking his efforts to keep people out of jails “is not called impeachment.”
“We have elections in the United States,” he said, accusing the Republican trio of acting only because they didn’t “get what they want from Philadelphia voters.”