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Pennsylvania AG, in reversal, responds to Senate subpoena

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 13, 2015 1:38 PM
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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane looks on while arriving at Benjamin Franklin Parkway ahead of the Papal Mass Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Philadelphia.

(Harrisburg) -- Hours after her spokesman said Pennsylvania's attorney general would ignore a subpoena from a state Senate committee investigating her, she's responded with a letter and attachments.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Friday told the panel, which could recommend that the Legislature try to remove her from office, that she still doesn't think it has authority.

But she says she decided to respond anyway "to maintain the respect and decorum of our government."

The state Supreme Court put Kane under temporary, indefinite suspension as a lawyer as she fights criminal charges for allegedly leaking secret grand jury material to a reporter and lying about it.

Kane says there's nothing in state law to prevent her from delegating duties that she can't perform to fully licensed lawyers in her agency.

An earlier story is below:

Pennsylvania's attorney general says she's ignoring a subpoena from a state Senate committee that could recommend that the Legislature try to remove her from office.

A spokesman for Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Friday she doesn't believe the Special Committee on Senate Address has authority to demand records from her.

The committee's chairman, Sen. John Gordner, says in a news release he's disappointed and the panel will meet on Monday to determine its next steps.

The committee last week gave Kane until 4 p.m. Friday to provide a range of information and documents related to her status as a lawyer under temporary, indefinite suspension.

Kane is suspended as she fights criminal charges for allegedly leaking secret grand jury material to a reporter and lying about it.

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