PHILADELPHIA — Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s personal lawyer says the attorney general never broke the law and never leaked confidential information about a grand jury to a newspaper.
Attorney Lanny Davis held a news conference in Philadelphia after the Inquirer newspaper reported that a grand jury is recommending criminal charges against Kane.
Her attorney says Kane is the target of dirty politics.
Davis was Bill Clinton’s crisis manager during the Monica Lewinsky scandal of the late 1990s. Now he is defending Kane.
“Kathleen Kane is innocent,” Davis said.
Davis calls the potential prosecution of Kane “a sham.”
“This railroad train seems to me to be driven by some men with grudges to railroad Kathleen Kane out of office and destroy her career.”
Davis said it started when Kane was elected to office in 2012 and ordered a review of why it took so long for the administration of former Attorney General and outgoing Governor Tom Corbett to bring charges against Jerry Sandusky.
That investigation included a review of emails, which led to the discovery of several state officials sending and receiving pornographic and offensive material on state equipment and on state time.
Davis said at least one of the men in the Office of Attorney General whose complaints led to the grand jury investigation of Kane was sending and receiving these emails.
“Repulsive, incredibly racist, awful stuff I’ve ever seen in my lifetime were being circulated by a group of men. Many of them, the same prosecutors who were investigating the child molester Sandusky,” said Davis.
Davis notes the judge authorizing the special prosecutor and the special prosecutor are Republicans.
Kane is a Democrat.
And here in the City of Brotherly Love, Kane’s attorney is suggesting sexism is playing a part in the case against her.
“My only conclusion is there is a targeted, focused effort at one person who happens to be a female Democrat,” Davis said.
The judge, the special prosecutor, and anyone who may have had a role in the grand jury investigation have not made any public statements. And there is no timetable for a Montgomery County prosecutor to decide whether or not to bring criminal charges against the attorney general.