Gov. Wolf calls for Kane to step down
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, who previously represented York City in the State House, has also called for Attorney General Kathleen Kane to resign.
He released the following statement: "The position of Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is critical to upholding our constitution and laws of this state. These are very serious charges that go to the core tenet of the position of attorney general. "While she is like any other accused citizen, presumed innocent until proven guilty, I do not believe that she can deal with these charges and continue to function as Pennsylvania's Attorney General. For the sake of the commonwealth and Office of Attorney General, I believe that Kathleen Kane should resign immediately. "Today's announcement is the latest in a long list of law enforcement actions against Pennsylvania's local, state and national political leaders. Every corner of this state seems to be currently affected with some type of alleged or confirmed public corruption. This must end. "We must work to renew people's faith in Pennsylvania's government."
Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat from York County, has called for state Attorney General Kathleen Kane to step down just hours after she was criminally charged over allegations she unlawfully leaked information from a 2009 investigation in what witnesses said was an attempt to embarrass critics.
During Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman's investigation into Kane's alleged wrongdoing, Wolf supported Kane.
Here's the governor's full statement:
"In this criminal complaint, Attorney General Kathleen Kane was charged with official oppression; she was charged with obstruction of administration of law; she was charged with perjury. These are the charges and there are other serious charges, and they are troubling. And, I am not sure how the top law enforcement officer in Pennsylvania can continue to perform her duties while she is defending herself against these serious charges. They are serious. "She is entitled to her day in court. She is entitled to due process under our system of government and law, and she will have time to defend herself, and I think she needs to do that. "But in the meantime, I am calling on her to step aside, step down as attorney general, because I think she cannot do what she has to do as the top law enforcement officer in Pennsylvania while she's facing these serious charges."
NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Pennsylvania's top prosecutor has been charged with violating grand jury secrecy laws and lying about her actions under oath.
Attorney General Kathleen Kane is the second state attorney general to face criminal charges this week.
A grand jury recommended charges in December in connection with allegations Kane unlawfully leaked information from a 2009 investigation in what witnesses said was an attempt to embarrass critics.
The 49-year-old Kane became the first woman and Democrat elected attorney general in Pennsylvania in 2012 since it became an elected office in 1980.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was charged Monday with securities fraud.
Kane didn't immediately comment on the charges. A top aide said Thursday morning she was aware of news reports that she faces criminal charges and "has no reason to doubt them."