PA GOP Releases Statement On Sandusky Review

HARRISBURG — Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement regarding Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s report on the investigation of Jerry Sandusky.

“Today’s report confirms that Kathleen Kane used a terrible and horrific tragedy to smear Tom Corbett and professional prosecutors to advance her own political ambitions. Throughout the course of her political campaign, Kathleen Kane made baseless accusations against the character of Governor Tom Corbett and the Attorney General’s Office. Now, she is trying to desperately spin her way out of the fact that the Sandusky investigation was conducted in a proper manner that led to the successful conviction of a child predator.

“There is a difference between asking tough questions and recklessly pursuing political gain. Kathleen Kane’s conduct from the time she started her campaign has been wrought by desperate mudslinging and false innuendo which has damaged the Office of the Attorney General. Pennsylvanians are taking a hard look at Kathleen Kane’s actions and she needs to be held accountable.”

In 2012, then-candidate Kathleen Kane told the Scranton Times-Tribune that, “The reason it was probably politics is you look at all the other factors surrounding it. “You look at the amount of money that came into his campaign while this was going on from the Second Mile, from the Penn State board of trustees.” (Borys Krawczenuik, “Kane says Corbett ‘probably’ played politics with Sandusky case,” Scranton Times-Tribune, 9/27/2012)

Today, the Office of the Attorney General released a report regarding the Sandusky investigation that states “… an extensive review of the available documentary record, including contemporaneous OAG emails, together with interviews of OAG personnel involved in the investigation while Corbett was Attorney General, has revealed no direct evidence that electoral politics influenced any important decision made in the Sandusky investigation.”(H. Geoffrey Moulton, Jr., “Report to the Attorney General on the Investigation of Gerald A. Sandusky,” Office of the Attorney General, 5/30/2014, Accessed 6/23/2014)