Convicted Pa. Attorney General Kane announces resignation

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced she will resign her position as attorney general effective at the close of business Wednesday, Aug. 17.

This comes amid pressure from the governor and lawmakers a day after she was convicted of abusing the powers of the state's top law enforcement office to smear a rival and lying under oath to cover it up.

"I have been honored to serve the people of Pennsylvania and I wish them health and safety in all their days," Attorney General Kane said in a one-sentence press release, emailed by her office at 1:27pm Tuesday.

FOX 29 News has not found a mention of the resignation on the attorney general's website or social media accounts.

Gov. Tom Wolf (D-Pa.) released this statement: "What has transpired with Attorney General Kane is unfortunate. Her decision to resign is the right one, and will allow the people of Pennsylvania to finally move on from this situation.

"I have full faith and confidence in the employees of the Office of the Attorney General and know that they will continue to perform its most important functions including protecting consumers and prosecuting criminals. Moving forward, I will work with both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate regarding any potential appointment of an Attorney General," Gov. Wolf wrote.