Despite the charges on perjury and other crimes, and repeated calls for her resignation, Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane is set to fight them off and stay in office. Nevertheless, she is currently being pressurized by her political rivals, party colleagues, and fellow prosecutors to step down her position.
Some attorneys argued that her license should be suspended, while fellow Democrats urged her to resign or at least keep a low profile until the judicial issues are settled. Jim Burn, chief of Pennsylvania Democratic party, suggested that she should take a leave of absence.
On Thursday, a federal court charged her with obstruction of justice, perjury and other felonies. Plus, prosecution accused her of disclosing confidential grand jury content to third parties in an attempt to discredit her political opponents.
She will face an arraignment on the said charges today in Montgomery County.
Her office told reporters that she will not resign since if she does that everyone would think that she admitted she was guilty.
“She believes that her side of the story has not yet been told,”
her office wrote in a statement.
She will get back at her office next week, as usual, one of her spokespersons told press.
But the Governor and some top fellow Democrats advised her on resigning. Yesterday, House Majority Leader Dave Reed also urged her to step down, otherwise he and the House will seek other legal ways of dismissing her from office.
However, a spokesman for the House Republican members hopes that that would be the last resort if everything else fails. If impeachment proceedings start, the case would be tried by the Senate. Ms. Kane could be dismissed only after a two-thirds vote, which is not that hard since GOP holds the majority in the state’s upper house.
Ms. Kane risked an impeachment a couple of years ago when a conservative member of the House sought her removal from office for declining to defend the state’s constitutional position on safe-marriage issue.
Mr. Burn, who is also an attorney, said that a compromise should be made since the state’s AG is adamant in refusing to resign. He argued she should take a leave of absence until she is able to prove her innocence and to allow her office to function properly.
Moreover, the state Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Board which supervises state attorneys can suspend an AG’s law license if his or her practice of law would trigger “substantial public or private harm.” But some law experts argued that even if it comes to that she still couldn’t be removed from office.
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