Senate committee approves plan to pursue removal of AG Kane

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 9, 2015 6:27 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- A Pennsylvania Senate committee is giving its approval to a plan that could result in the removal from office of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

The Senate Rules Committee voted unanimously Wednesday night to forward the proposal to full Senate, with a floor vote possible later in the evening.

The process would involve a hearing on Jan. 12 by the Special Committee on Senate Address, giving Kane a chance to testify or send a lawyer on her behalf.

The hearing would focus on whether she can perform the attorney general's duties with a suspended law license.

Kane spokesman Chuck Ardo says she continues to believe the process is unconstitutional.

Kane, a first-term Democrat, is fighting criminal charges she leaked secret grand jury material and lied about it.

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