In theory, Gov. Tom Corbett says, he would agree to talk with prosecutors investigating the handling of the prosecution of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky.
Pennsylvania Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, campaigned on a pledge to investigate how the case was pursued under Corbett when he was attorney general.
The Republican governor has criticized the promise as playing politics with what he calls a plainly successful case to put a predator behind bars.
But when asked Thursday if he would agree to sit down for an interview with Kane’s investigators, he said he probably would.
“I’d have to see. If I believe it’s a political game, no,” he said. “If I believe … that they want to know exactly what was going on when I was there, and my thought process, sure.”
Corbett’s answer came during a lengthy interview with reporters in the governor’s office, one of the few such chats with Capitol reporters he’s conducted since he’s been in office.
He suggests Kane would need to use outside prosecutors, so the people interviewing him aren’t the very staff members under his direction while he was heading the attorney general’s office.
Kane has criticized the office’s use of a grand jury to press charges against Sandusky, who is currently serving an effective life sentence in prison.
She has said grand juries are notorious for taking a long time, and that Sandusky should have been arrested sooner.