Sep. 07, 2022

HARRISBURG- Reps. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) and Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington) issued the following statement on District Attorney Larry Krasner’s lawsuit against the House Select Committee on Restoring Law and Order:

“In yet another move to prevent the House Select Committee on Restoring Law and Order from examining public documents for cases handled by his office, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner on Friday sued the committee and its members to prevent them from doing their job.

“By suing, Krasner has made the ridiculous claim that the committee has no authority over him or his office, though the state Constitution explicitly gives the House the power of impeachment as a safeguard against corrupt or unfit elected officials.

“The reality is Krasner believes he’s above the law, and the lawsuit to stop the committee is a desperate act by a dangerous, desperate man.

“House Resolution 216 was passed by a bipartisan majority who are horrified by the crime and murder surging throughout the city. I can assure everyone the Select Committee’s ongoing mission will not be deterred no matter how much Krasner obstructs.”

“The House of Representatives has authority under the Pennsylvania Constitution and case law to subpoena the district attorney for its public records. Krasner is not above the law.”

House Resolution 216 established the Select Committee on Restoring Law and Order to investigate, review and make legislative findings and recommendations to the House of Representatives regarding the rising rates of crime in the City of Philadelphia; the city’s use of public funds intended for law enforcement and prosecuting crime; the enforcement of crime victim rights in Philadelphia; and the use of public funds for the purpose of benefitting the city’s crime victims. The resolution authorizes the chairman to subpoena information relevant to the committee’s work.

Representative Martina White
170th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: David Foster

Representative Josh Kail
15th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media contact: Nate Temple