Inquiry into attorney general must fair, open, senator says

Kathleen Kane
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania Senate’s top Democrat says a special bipartisan Senate committee that could recommend removing embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane shouldn’t include members who already called for her to resign.

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa said Monday that he doesn’t want the committee’s conclusions to be viewed as predetermined.

Costa says senators are planning to formalize the scope, process, authority and membership of the committee later Monday. He also says the committee’s work should be as public as possible.

Senate officials say the six-member committee will have 30 days to report on Kane’s ability to continue as attorney general with a suspended law license.

The committee’s report could recommend the use of an obscure constitutional provision that allows the governor and two-thirds of the Senate to remove certain public officials.

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