By Pat Loeb
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The lawyer for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is responding to reports that a grand jury in Montgomery County has recommended charges against her.
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s website reported the news but it relies on unnamed sources the paper describe as “familiar with the grand jury’s presentment.”
This is ironic since the grand jury was investigating whether Kane violated the law by revealing grand jury information to the Philadelphia Daily News.
Kane’s attorney Lanny Davis has some fun with this in his statement, noting the Inquirer’s source may have violated the Grand Jury Secrecy Act and suggesting the same judge who empaneled the grand jury to investigate Kane may now want to investigate the leak of its findings.
Davis stresses he is not confirming the Inquirer’s report and re-asserts that Kane has done nothing wrong or illegal.
Davis’ full statement reads as follows:
“I cannot confirm the posted report in the Philadelphia Inquirer of any presentment issued by the Grand Jury regarding Attorney General Kathleen Kane. If such is the case, then it is my understanding… that it is up to the Montgomery County District Attorney to make a judgment as to whether to proceed against the Attorney General.
The Attorney General has done nothing wrong or illegal and, to my knowledge, there is no credible evidence that she has. She told the truth to the Grand Jury at all times. I hope the District Attorney will reach same conclusion.
This anonymous leak to the Inquirer about this alleged presentment could be, in and of itself, a possible violation of the state Grand Jury Secrecy Act. I wonder why the supervising judge who appointed the special prosecutor to investigate the Attorney General hasn’t initiated a grand jury investigation of this leak or any of the other previous leaks from this same Grand Jury process.”