Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was arraigned on charges of perjury and obstruction on Saturday afternoon at the Montgomery County detective bureau. Kane is is accused of leaking grand jury information to a newspaper to get back at a former state prosecutor whom she thought had made her look bad.
Prosecutors say she then lied about her actions while under oath and enlisted aides to spy on office employees and keep an eye on the grand jury probe into the leak. The 49-year-old did not enter a plea during her five-minute arraignment, and maintains that she is innocent -- despite calls for her resignation.
“We’re very confident when all the facts in the case come out that she is going to be exonerated,” said Ross Kramer, Kane's attorney.
One of the people calling for Kane to step down is Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.
District Judge Cathleen Rebar set a formal arraignment for Aug. 24 and bail at $10,000 for unsecured bond, which means Kane is not required to post money but needs to provide her signature.
Kane is the first woman and Democrat elected to the office, which she won in the 2012 election.
In Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton was indicted by a grand jury last week for felony charges.