Well, as Sheriff Andy Taylor used to say, “Don’t that beat all?” The attorneys general for the states of Pennsylvania and Texas were indicted this week. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was indicted for leaking grand-jury (think confidential) information to political operatives in order to embarrass state prosecutors with whom she had bad blood. She then, allegedly, engaged in behaviors, including lying, to cover up the leaks. She is charged with obstruction, perjury, false swearing, conspiracy . . . . Meanwhile, deep in the heart of Texas, Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General was indicted for securities fraud. The issues of potential securities fraud had trickled out during his campaign and now they are headlines in Texas.
Both deny the charges. Lanny Davis, of Clinton defense fame, issued a statement indicating that his client, Ms. Kane, has done nothing wrong. Ms. Kane has indicated that she will not resign because that would be like admitting guilt. All well and good, were it not for the indictment of Ms. Kane’s driver, Patrick Reese. Mr. Reese was also charged with indirect criminal contempt for allegedly snooping into the office computers for Ms. Kane and at her request so that she could keep track in real time of what the rascally grand jury investigating the alleged leak was up to. There’s a fellow ripe for a canary song! Ms. Kane may be going under the bus.
Oh, what tangled webs these AGs have created.