Gov. Wolf says he asked Kane to step down

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Governor Tom Wolf says he has asked Attorney General Kathleen Kane to step down amid charges she orchestrated a leak of confidential information.

Wolf said the charges against Kane are serious and troubling.

“I am not sure how the top law enforcement officer in Pennsylvania can continue to perform her duties while she is defending herself against these serious charges,” Wolf said in a statement.

“She is entitled to her day in court. She is entitled to due process under our system of government and law, and she will have time to defend herself, and I think she needs to do that,” the governor said. “But in the meantime, I am calling on her to step aside, step down as attorney general, because I think she cannot do what she has to do as the top law enforcement officer in Pennsylvania while she’s facing these serious charges.”

Kane is charged with perjury, false swearing, official oppression, and obstruction. She must appear before a district judge for a preliminary arraignment which is expected to occur within the next two days.

In a statement, Kane said a resignation would be an admission of guilt. She insists she did nothing wrong. Her spokesman, Chuck Ardo, said the attorney general “respectfully disagrees with the governor.”

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