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Gov. Corbett Says Atty. Gen. Kane Will Need To Justify Dropping Corruption Cases

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(Pa. governor Tom Corbett, in file photo by Patrick Smith/ Getty Images)

(Pa. governor Tom Corbett, in file photo by Patrick Smith/ Getty Images)

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By Brad Segall

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (CBS) — Governor Tom Corbett responded today, albeit briefly, to Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane’s recent decision to shut down an investigation into political corruption in the City of Philadelphia (see related story) — an investigation that Corbett had started while he was attorney general.

During a stop this morning in Montgomery County, Pa., Corbett said he would not comment on the actions of the current attorney general, saying she needs to respond to reporters’ questions regarding those actions.

But he did say if the evidence shows that some elected officials were taking bribes, there are other avenues to go down.

“But,” he added, “I do concur in the actions of the House leaders, both Democrat and Republican, to conduct an ethics investigation if there is evidence that payments were made to members of the House.”

Corbett would not comment on Kane’s characterization of the investigation as “flawed” and “racist,” saying people can make whatever allegations they want.  He said, “Let’s talk about the evidence and see what evidence exists.”

The sting operation caught at least four Democratic Philadelphia politicians allegedly taking cash and gifts.

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