Pa. AG Kathleen Kane resigned but could still be impeached

Despite Kathleen Kane's resignation as Pennsylvania's attorney general after her conviction on perjury charges this week, a state House panel is still considering impeachment.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the chairman of a key state House panel, who represents part of the Montgomery County suburbs, will continue to push for impeachment to set the stage for Senate action that could bar Kane from elected office in the future.

Republican State Rep. Todd Stephens, who chairs a House subcommittee that had been investigating Kane, says her conviction underscored the need for the legislative action.

Kane was convicted of leaking secret grand jury information to smear a rival and lying under oath to cover it up.

Stephens says "impeachment is the only mechanism today that can ensure" Kane won't serve elected office again.

Acting attorney general Bruce Castor was Kane's first deputy and a former two-term Montgomery County district attorney.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf nominated Kane's former top deputy, Bruce Beemer, to step in as attorney general for the remaining months of her term. First, he'll need Senate conformation.