Pennsylvania House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) named three state representatives to serve as the impeachment managers for the Senate impeachment trial of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.
Cutler is required to appoint three members – two from the majority party and an additional from the minority party – to exhibit the articles of impeachment to the Senate and manage the trial on behalf of the House. He selected:
- Rep. Craig Williams (R-Delaware/Chester)
- Rep. Tim Bonner (R-Mercer/Butler)
- Rep. Jared Solomon (D-Philadelphia)
“These members exemplify the competency and character required in this moment,” Cutler said. “Their credibility cannot be understated, and each of their diverse experiences and education will help ensure this process is treated with the utmost professionalism and thoroughness. This trial must be transparent and presented at the highest possible standard, something this committee is more than capable of doing.”
“By impeaching Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, we put ourselves on the record that we stand with the people of Philadelphia who have been living in fear for their lives and the safety of themselves and their families,” said House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Center/Mifflin). “What is clear is that the Philadelphia district attorney, through his improper use of prosecutorial discretion, has implemented policies and mismanaged his office in such a way that its purposeful ineffectiveness in combatting the crime and violence crisis gripping the city has contributed to the problem itself.
“We did not take this path lightly or with joy and eagerness. But the impeachment of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner is without a doubt the right thing to do.”
“This impeachment effort is just the latest maneuver to undermine the will of Philadelphia voters,” said Reggie Shuford, Executive Director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania. “These voters used their own discretion to choose a District Attorney who pledged to reduce mass incarceration, rather than continuing the same old punitive policies that we know do not work.”
Removal from office requires a two-thirds majority vote of the state Senate.