Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was officially charged today for criminal conduct. The charges are perjury, official oppression, obstruction of justice and contempt of court. These are especially heinous charges for a state AG who is supposed to uphold the laws of the Commonwealth. They stem from a Montgomery County grand jury investigation. Kane was trying to seek revenge against a former prosecutor in her office who went to work for Philadelphia DA Seth Williams. It escalated when Kane decided to drop an investigation into political corruption against several Philly area State Representatives. All were caught on video accepting bribes. She was caught lying about a supposed affadavit she had which didn’t exist when justifying her decision.
I caught Kane’s campaign lying repeatedly during her primary election contest versus Patrick Murphy. I wrote about it at the time and her campaign communications director called me and continued to lie to me. I wrote about that also. One of the facets of being a blogger like me is that I get to meet and take the measure of many candidates for office. I also interact regularly with public officials. My gut has always been very good at determining who is good and who is bad. It screamed at me that Kathleen Kane was as bad as they get.
I have not been at all surprised at her actions as AG. Her two biggest faults are her extreme vindictiveness and her inability to tell the truth. Both have resulted in these serious charges. Official oppression means she used the power of her office to go after someone unjustly. The allegations are that she then lied about it under oath.
Ironically news that a grand jury recommended charges be brought against her were also leaked to the press. To be fair I hope that disclosure is equally investigated and prosecuted.
Kane’s AG office has been a cesspool of failure since she took over. Constant turnover and questionable personnel decisions have loomed over her prolonged incompetence. She is the first Democrat to be elected Attorney General in Pennsylvania and, after her, there likely will never be another. Republicans will use this as a weapon against any future Democrat seeking the office. These ads write themselves.
Hopefully justice will be served.
According to press accounts a leak from a secret grand jury says Attorney General Kathleen Kane will be indicted for leaking secret grand jury proceedings to the Philadelphia Daily News to attack an enemy. It’s ironic that the news comes via a leak. It makes one wonder if it’s really a crime after all if the PA Supreme Court grand jury, begun by former Republican Chief Justice Ronald Castille and run by GOP District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman of Montgomery County leaked this information. Who will now investigate this leak?
If it feels like a merry-go-round it is. Of course my issues with Kane go back to the Pennsylvania Democratic primary for AG when Kane ran false claims against her opponent Patrick Murphy. Her campaign made blatantly false assertions about him to damage his credibility with voters. When I called them out on it they lied about giving me the information (it was given to me in a telephone call by her campaign communications director). Kane then lied about it on PCN when a viewer called in questioning her veracity.
Since then Kathleen Kane has been in a downward spiral due to her penchants for attacking her political foes and for lying. She made numerous assertions about why she wouldn’t prosecute numerous public officials caught on tape accepting bribes. Philadelphia DA Seth Williams then took the case and, so far, has obtained three convictions. Not only was the case prosecutable but Williams held a press conference and proved that Kane’s assertions about the cases were all lies.
Oh what a tangled web we weave…
Kane’s political carreer has been like a meteor: up quickly and then burned out in flames. Mentioned just last year as a possible contender for the U.S. Senate seat held by Tea Bagger Pat Toomey (up for re-election next year) she now is facing disgrace and a possible criminal conviction.
Ferman has now to decide when and whether to arrest the state’s sitting Attorney General. She is not running for re-election so isn’t facing dire political consequences thus she can make this decision free of that baggage. Current MontCo Commissioner and former DA Bruce Castor (a good man) has announced his candidacy to seek his old job. He is the minority Commissioner and being DA would give him much more job satisfaction.