AG Kane says Senate lacks power to remove her on its own

Kathleen Kane
FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, file photo, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s attorney general is telling a Senate committee why she thinks the chamber doesn’t have authority to remove her from office under an obscure constitutional provision now being considered for use against her.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane released a letter sent Monday to the Special Committee on Senate Address.

It’s preparing to hold its fourth and final meeting Tuesday on her possible removal.

Kane says if lawmakers want to remove her, they need to follow the state constitution’s impeachment process that involves the House.

The first-term Democrat argues that if a supermajority of senators acts to kick her out of office, that would deprive her and state residents of constitutional protections.

The committee has 15 days to issue a report. It’s unclear what would happen after that.

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