It’s one thing for DA Larry Krasner to say something is legal. But he doesn’t determine what is.
In this case it’s the fact that the District Attorney and his Common Pleas court judge wife took out a loan from Michael Giampietro, a business associate of Krasner. Quid pro quo is when you sell out your office for kickbacks. Like former District Attorney Seth Williams did, which landed him in Federal prison.
Krasner has taken advantage of the fact that he’s a progressive darling, therefore he escapes any serious public scrutiny. His Democratic primary campaign was infused with $2 million of outside spending from George Soros which left him with few serious challengers in the race.
By hiring Giampietro, who Kranser reported that he is owed debt by Krasner and his wife the obvious question matters: is it quid pro quo? Krasner of course says it’s not. But why should anyone believe him absent a financial audit?
The Inquirer of course is ‘worried’. That’s putting it mildly for reporters everywhere in Philadelphia who were pining for Krasner’s installation. You see, the only way to know if Larry Krasner is lying about the loan is if Krasner’s home and his former law practice are put under the scorching light of a forensic audit.
Who is repaying the loan? How was it repaid? Where did Larry Krasner get the funds to repay the loan?
Without definitive answers to any of those questions the safest assumption to make is that nothing Krasner says about the loan outside of those questions is to be believable.
As far as Larry’s claim that it’s all legal–nothing to see here move along; for chrissake the man was a defense attorney his entire life. Part of a defense attorney’s job is to tell fish stories to jurors, to get them to believe a picture of their client that might not be anywhere near accurate.
Philly newspapers aren’t really going to press Krasner on financial details and neither will the public, so this concern will likely be dropped. But this should be a huge wake-up call to the local FBI field office that it’s time to open an investigation into Mr. Krasner. If Philadelphians already elected one district attorney who was put in jail for selling his office, who’s to say they wouldn’t do it again? If the FBI had no reason to study and monitor Mr. Krasner, hiring a creditor has certainly given them a reason to now.
Let Larry Krasner argue with government prosecutors about whether hiring his creditor and getting his debt canceled is ‘legal’ or not.