BREAKING: Judge Releases Kane’s Grand Jury Presentment
Now we know why.
“We find the testimony of Attorney General Kane was not an honest account of the events, and she mischaracterized events to cover-up activities undertaken at her direction to unlawfully release documents subject to grand jury secrecy,” the document states. “In comparing her testimony before us to the testimony of others and additional evidence presented, this investigating grand jury did not find her testimony truthful while intending to divert attention from her actual role as the principal of the leak.”
Kane’s former First Assistant Attorney General Adrian King testified that the AG was obsessed with the Mondesire case after the leak against her concerning the Philly sting operation.
When asked to describe Kane’s behavior during the time, King told the Special Prosecutor the following:
“I walked into this [meeting about Mondesire] and quite frankly to be dead honest, I am listening to this, and I think it is absurd…it just seems like a complete distraction it seems to be paranoid. And I am also quickly clueing into the fact that the people that she has in her right hand that she appears to be taking advice from is her driver, and the person that she just installed as communications director has absolutely no experience, and they are literally sitting there just nodding their heads in agreement with everything that’s being said. And my – reaction to that was this is nuts; I don’t want anything to do with it.”
Chief Deputy A.G. Bruce Beemer advocated for an investigation but was rebuffed by Kane. He testified:
“Her response to me was don’t worry about it. It’s not a big deal. We have more important things to do.”
Barker told Beemer of his concerns but Beemer advised dropping the matter after his conversation with Kane.
Beemer also described how the Attorney General attempted to stop any investigation of the leak.
“I was taken aback by it [the call]…She told me she wanted me to go to either the Supreme Court or the Supervising Grand Jury judge and challenge the authority of the special prosecutor to conduct this investigation…my heart stopped actually when she said that because here I have for weeks been pledging the office’s full cooperation, and now my boss is telling me she wants me to try to stop it. And I said…on what basis [do] you want me to try to do that? And she said, well…whatever…was released was not Grand Jury material. And I said what are you talking about? And she said that this, this was not Grand Jury material. And I, I said it most certainly was [material.]”
He also said that Kane never told him she was the source of the leak.
Concerning her own testimony, the grand jury wrote that it “was riddled with inconsistencies, and demonstrated conduct that was clearly inconsistent with the evidence presented to this Grand Jury.”
They mentioned Kane’s statements when asked about the documents (referred to as the 2009 Memorandum and Miletto Transcript in the report) that were leaked to the Daily News.
Kane called a staff meeting to discuss the issue in 2014 and Agent David Peifer testified:
I gave her the statement [the Miletto Transcript], and she was flipping through and looking at it, and then she laid it down in front of her. After the meeting was over, I left and the statement [Miletto Transcript] was still in front of her.”
Yet, that’s not what Kane told the Grand Jury.
“Attorney General Kane testified multiple times that she had not seen nor read the transcript that was made of the interview between Agent Peifer and Agent Miletto until the date of her testimony before this Investigating Grand Jury. She also specifically testified that she had not been aware that any transcript had been made of this interview,” they wrote.
As has been brought up before, she also testified that King agreed with her decision to leak the documents.
Ultimately, the grand jury is recommending the Attorney General be brought up on five charges: Perjury; False Swearing; Abuse of Office/Official Oppression; Obstructing the Administration of Law or Other Government Function; and Contempt of Court.