BREAKING: Kathleen Kane Seeks to Shift Focus in Press Conference (Updated with Video)
That was the message Attorney General Kathleen Kane asserted in her news conference today, her first public statement since she was charged with eight criminal counts.
In her speech today, Kane sought to shift attention away from herself and onto what she feels is the bigger issue: the pornographic emails revealed through the investigation.
“Today I intend to begin to reveal the whole story,” she said before delving into the details of those emails.
She completely ignored the June 2014 Daily News story on Jerry Mondesire that began the inquiry into whether she leaked grand jury information by providing information for that article.
Her only mention of the March 2014 Inquirer piece that first drew her ire was to say it was meant to “embarrass and intimidate me” but did not succeed.
Altogether it was a political, rather than a legal, defense and served as the latest chapter in her long-standing feud with prosecutor Frank Fina.
Kane stated her defense wouldn’t be that an old boys network was after her.
“My defense will be I broke no laws of this Commonwealth. Period,” she stated.
She went on to call for Judge Carpenter to release all of the pornographic emails. While Kane stated she was not blaming the “old boys network” she did assert that this was a crusade against her.
The Attorney General cited all the arrests her office has made since the first calls for her resignation. She used these statistics to contend that her case is not a distraction.
When Kane mentioned the resignation of Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery, Esack tried to interject a question but the Attorney General rebuffed him.
At the end, the AG directly addressed her two sons by name. She stated that it was the only way she could talk to them before the news reached them first.
She told them that she would continue to do her job and fight “evil” throughout the state.
It was an emotional, strange and sad ending to an emotional, strange and sad performance.
UPDATE: The full video of the Attorney General’s press conference can be viewed below: