Senate vote rejects removal of Pennsylvania AG Kane

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania State senate has rejected the motion to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane, following a vote on Wednesday. 

Kane faced the vote in the state Senate on whether she should be removed from office on grounds that she cannot properly run the office while she lacks a valid law license.

The Republican-controlled Senate decided not to remove Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane Wednesday

The Senate acted under a section of the state constitution that allows it to order the removal of civil officers with a two-thirds vote of approval.

Kane released a statement following the vote:

"Today is a good day for all those who share my desire to restore confidence in our judges and prosecutors and integrity to our system of justice. Special Prosecutor Gansler will press on, leaving no hate-filled email unread and no ex parte communication uncovered, in our effort to deliver to all Pennsylvanians, the system of justice we deserve rather than the one we now have. I am happy to continue this effort, finish the mission I pledged to carry out and the job for which I was elected to serve."

Kane was charged last August with leaking secret grand jury material and lying under oath about it. Seven weeks later, the state Supreme Court voted unanimously to suspend her law license.

She continues to fight the charges and argues that the Senate's process isn't constitutional. Kane's running for a second term.

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