Senate approves plan to pursue removal of attorney general

Kathleen Kane
FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2015, file photo, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane arrives to be arraigned on charges she leaked secret grand jury material and then lied about it under oath at the Montgomery County detective bureau in Norristown, Pa. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's temporary suspension of Kane's law license began Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, and a day later, state senators outlined plans for a bipartisan committee to determine whether Kane should be removed from office. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson, File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania Senate is moving ahead with a process that could result in the removal from office of Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

All 50 senators voted Wednesday for a plan that involves a Jan. 12 committee hearing where the first-term Democrat can testify on her own behalf, submit written remarks or send a lawyer.

The focus of the hearing will be whether Kane can perform the duties of her office with a suspended law license.

Two-thirds of the Senate would have to approve in order for her to be removed.

The Supreme Court voted in September to suspend her while she fights criminal charges she leaked secret grand jury material and lied about it.

Kane’s spokesman says the Senate process isn’t constitutional.

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