Stage set for vote on Pennsylvania attorney general’s future

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2015, file photo, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Pennsylvania's highest court on Monday, Sept. 21, ordered the temporary suspension of Kane's law license, a step that could trigger efforts to remove her from office as she fights perjury, obstruction and other charges. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania Senate committee is asking the full chamber to consider removing the state’s top prosecutor from office as she fights criminal charges.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane is running her divided office with a suspended law license. She was charged in August with perjury and obstruction for allegedly leaking secret investigative material to a newspaper and lying under oath about it.

The committee said Wednesday that it voted 5-2 in favor of recommending that the full Senate start a formal process that could result in a vote to remove from office.

Senators still must vote on whether to start the inquiry.

The Special Committee on Senate Address issued the recommendation after holding three public hearings this month. It also rejected Kane’s argument that the Senate lacks the authority to remove her.

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