Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton could be removed from office after the State House Thursday voted to impeach and sent it up for vote in the state Senate
Embattled AG had House panel recommend multiple impeachment charges on Wednesday, including claims that he helped a woman with whom he had an affair with get a job
The articles of impeachment include disregard of official duty, misapplication of public resources, constitutional bribery and obstruction of justice.s
House Investigating Committee alleges Paxton told staff he had affair with woman who got job from developer and political donor Nate Paul
When those aides turned whistle blowers they were fired and allegedly, paid off with $3.3M in unauthorized public spending
His wife, Angela Paxton, who serves in the state Senate will have to decide to participate or recuse herself from the Senate impeachment hearings
Paxton, a Trump supporter, is not going away quietly and has slammed ‘liberal’ GOP leaders he called ‘RINOS’
Texas AG Ken Paxton [photo], is facing impeachment after a successful House vote – after hearing a slew of Paxton’s alleged illegal acts aimed at protecting a political donor, including allegations of an affair. It now goes to the state Senate where his wife is a member
The jaw dropping impeachment charges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton creates a backdrop for his likely removal from office after a successful House vote. It now moves to the state senate where his wife Sen. Angela Paxton, could sit in judgement on the slew of corruption charges, most centered around an affair with a woman.
Paxton’s Teflon wrappings finally appeared to crack Thursday, a day after a Republican-led House committee came out with a recommendation to impeach the embattled AG after years of probes and allegations. The attorney general was indicted in 2015 on securities fraud charges, but is yet to stand trial after the House heard the charges.
Things moved differently on Thursday when a House panel adopted 20 articles of impeachment against Paxton.The decision by the House General Investigating Committee comes a day after the panel heard from investigators who shared a long list of Paxton’s alleged illegal acts aimed at protecting Nate Paul, a controversial Texas based developer and political donor.
“After a period of time for your review and reflections, I intend to call up the resolution adopting the articles of impeachment,” Chairman Andrew Murr, R-Junction, told House members Thursday evening.
It’s unclear when the full House might vote on the impeachment resolution. The final day of the legislative session is Monday. If the House votes to impeach, Paxton would be suspended from his role as AG, pending action from the Texas Senate.
One charge deals with bribery charges involving real estate developer and Paxton donor Nate Paul.
Paul is accused of giving a job to the woman Paxton was having an affair with in exchange for legal assistance.
Paxton told staffers about the the 2018 affair, the Associated Press reported in November 2020, days before Paxton would help lead a legal effort to help former President Donald Trump overturn the election results.
The panel’s report comes as part of a months-long investigation into Paxton’s settlement of a lawsuit brought by four whistleblowers who were fired in 2020 after making accusations about the Republican’s misdeeds.
House voted to impeach Paxton a day after the Investigating Committee shared a long list of Paxton’s alleged illegal acts aimed at protecting Nate Paul [photo], who contributed to his campaign and employed a woman with whom he had an affair
The group of aides who accused Paxton of corruption got fired, then were paid $3.3 million in taxpayer funds in a settlement.
“To be negligent is just one thing,” Donna Cameron, one of the House-hired investigators, told the House General Investigating Committee, “but malfeasance is when you are actively and intentionally doing things to the detriment of the office and to your oath and to the responsibility that you have to the state of Texas and the public.”
Cameron and three other investigators spent over three hours Wednesday morning detailing Paxton’s alleged illegal acts, most of them related to Austin real estate investor Nate Paul, who made a $25,000 contribution to Paxton’s campaign.
The investigation primarily centered on what the whistleblowers alleged and the $3.3 million settlement they were ultimately awarded. Payment on that settlement has not yet been funded by the Texas Legislature.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton [left], a staunch supporter of Donald Trump, [right], was one of the leaders of legal efforts to help the former president overturn results of the elections after he lost to Joe Biden
Should the Republican-dominated House voted to remove him, Paxton would be temporarily removed from office before his trial in the state Senate, where his wife state Sen. Angela Paxton will have to decide whether to participate in proceedings.
The former math teacher was elected in 2018, and was at Paxton’s side when he spoke at Trump’s ‘Save America’ rally outside the White House on January 6, 2020.
She could decide to recuse herself from the decision – it would be only the third official impeached in 200 years in Texas – or the state Senate could make a decision on how such matters should be handled, the Houston Chronicle reported.
If the Republican controlled full House votes to impeach Ken Paxton faces [center], his wife, Sen. Angela Paxton, [right], would face the conundrum of deciding whether to participate or recuse herself from his Senate impeachment ‘trial’
The Justice Department opened its own probe in February after a raft of Paxton aides brought allegations to the FBI.
The five-member House panel, which has three Republicans and two Democrats on it, recommended 20 articles of impeachment.
While the state House is Republican controlled, with an 85-64 split of the 149-member chamber, there would be no soft landing for Paxton who has been warring with the state GOP leadership.
Paxton is not going away quietly. In a statement posted on Twitter he has attacked the ‘liberal leadership’ of the GOP House, and says they have ‘demonstrated nothing but contempt for the traditional values of conservative Texas.’
Paxton launched an attack against ‘liberal’ Republican House Speaker David Phelan, demanding his resignation, after accused the Speaker of being drunk on the House floor during a marathon session last Friday.
Phelan´s office has brushed off the accusation as Paxton attempting to ‘save face.’
By taking him on, ‘The RINOs in the Texas Legislature are now on the same side as Joe Biden,’ said Paxton.
The state Senate, which is controlled by Republicans 19-12, would hold Paxton’s impeachment ‘trial.’