Pennsylvania Senate plans vote this week on Kane removal

    The top-ranking Republican in the Pennsylvania Senate says the chamber will vote this week on whether to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who’s been without a valid law license since October.

    Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati announced Monday a decision to vote on Wednesday was made after “considerable discussion” with senators.

    Kane is awaiting trial on criminal charges of leaking secret grand jury material and lying about it under oath.

    The first-term Democrat has vigorously denied the allegations and is pursuing a second term.

    Kane spokesman Chuck Ardo said she considers the Senate action unwarranted and unconstitutional, and that she’s not being given the presumption of innocence.

    At least 33 “yes” votes in the Republican-controlled Senate will be required to remove her.

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