Pennsylvania Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane was found guilty on nine criminal charges after she attempted to leak confidential information to discredit her Republican rivals. Two of those criminal charges were felony perjury charges.
Kane came to prominence in the Democratic party with support from both Bill and Hillary Clinton in 2012. She worked for Hillary Clinton’s failed 2008 Presidential campaign and then was used as a political weapon in her 2012 campaign. With heavy support from Bill Clinton, Kane unseated former Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy, who betrayed Hillary and endorsed Obama in 2008.
“When Kane, the wife of a wealthy Scranton businessman, ran for attorney general last year, she benefited from a Bill Clinton political score that needed to be settled,” explained Salena Zito of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in 2013. “[Murphy] had done the unthinkable in 2008 and endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in the state Democrat primary … Clinton repaid that favor by fundraising, endorsing, cutting ads, and bringing out the big guns for Kane over Murphy.”
Zito continued, “[Bill Clinton] thereby reminded Pennsylvanians and Washington political-watchers that the Clinton machine still has big game in a big state–and that Kane was their girl.”
Kane was found guilty by a 12-person jury in Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County. She was guilty of two counts of felony perjury, obstruction, false swearing, criminal conspiracy, and other misdemeanor charges.
She faces up to seven years in prison on each felony perjury charge. Kane was already disbarred but she remained as Attorney General.
Fellow Democrat and current Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf called that “there should be no question” for Kane’s resignation. He went on, “I implore Attorney General Kane to do what is right: Put the commonwealth’s residents first and step down.”
Wolf was joined by Assistant district attorney Michelle Henry, “What she did while she was the attorney general, the fact she would commit criminal acts while the top prosecutor, is a disgrace.
Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy even threatened to throw Kane in jail during the trial if she caught wind of any retaliation against witnesses testifying against her. She also considers Kane a flight risk.
Kane will be sentenced within 90 days.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele might have had the best quote following the verdict.
It seemed we had somebody who felt she was above the law. This was about the defendant going before a grand jury in Montgomery County and lying to the grand jury. The evidence was overwhelming in that regard.
Sound like someone familiar? Maybe Kevin Steele should be the one leading the investigation into Kane’s benefactor Hillary Clinton. Kane had to learn how to be above the law from someone. Hell, it looks like she learned how to perjure from both Bill and Hillary!
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