Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to issue subpoenas in Kane impeachment |

Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to issue subpoenas in Kane impeachment

HARRISBURG — A Montgomery County Republican chairing a subcommittee examining impeachment proceedings against Attorney General Kathleen Kane said he is calling a meeting Tuesday to seek approval to issue subpoenas in the matter.

“That’s the plan right now,” Rep. Todd Stephens said.

Kane, the first woman and Democrat elected attorney general, faces criminal charges in Montgomery County.

Her trial is set for August on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly orchestrating a leak of secret grand jury information to embarrass a prosecutor with whom she was at odds.

The timetable is tight for the House to actually impeach Kane. She is not running for re-election, and her term expires in early January 2017.

Kane’s top aide suggested the move is vindictive.

“To my knowledge, no one has ever had an impeachment proceeding brought against them prior to a criminal conviction and sentencing,” said Kane’s Solicitor General Bruce Castor, former Montgomery County district attorney. “We have two nominees for office, one of whom will be in place in six months. The (attorney general) is not running again, and she has delegated her legal decision-making authority. What possible reason apart from vindictiveness could there be for this move?

“I hope the House will let the court system do it’s job and leave Attorney General Kane alone to finish up in January without making a spectacle that could influence jurors in her case.”

The Senate earlier this year didn’t come up with enough votes to remove Kane from office under an obscure constitutional provision.

Stephens, in a brief interview, gave no indication who might receive subpoenas.

Brad Bumsted is the Tribune-Review’s state Capitol reporter. Reach him at 717-787-1405 or [email protected].

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