Texas House impeaches state attorney general Ken Paxton

May 29, 2023
Robert Ayers

Fox News reports that members of Texas's House of Representatives just voted to impeach Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R). 

Paxton was hit with some 20 articles of impeachment, which allege such things as bribery, abuse of public trust, and obstruction of justice.

All that was required was a simple majority of the 150-member state House in order to impeach Paxton. The final vote was 121 to 23.

Now, Paxton will be temporarily removed from the attorney general position as he faces trial in the Texas Senate. There, a two-thirds majority will be needed to permanently remove Paxton.

The allegations

CBS News details some of the accusations made against Paxton in the articles of impeachment. The House Investigating Committee, according to the outlet, began investigating Paxton in March "after Paxton asked the House to fund a $3.3 million settlement to whistleblowers from his office who said they were fired after accusing Paxton of accepting bribes and other misconduct."

It is this investigation that eventually led to the filing of the articles of impeachment against Paxton. Some of the articles of impeachment concern real estate developer Nate Paul.

CBS reports:

Allegations include that Paxton used employees of his office to do work that benefitted Paul and that he misused public information, including not publicly disclosing he had provided information to Paul that would benefit him. The articles of impeachment allege that Paul, a campaign donor, paid to renovate Paxton's house, and Paxton requested Paul hire a woman with whom Paxton was allegedly in a relationship.

Another article of impeachment, according to the outlet, alleges that Paxton has made "misrepresentations or false or misleading statements in official filings to mislead both the public and public officials."

Paxton, CBS reports, also stands accused of having benefitted "from the filing of a lawsuit by a campaign donor that 'interfered with or disrupted payment of the prosecutors in a criminal securities fraud case against Paxton,' which allegedly led to the 'protracted delay' in the criminal case against Paxton in Collin County, Texas, the suburban Dallas area that is Paxton's home base."

Paxton responds

Since being impeached, Paxton has released multiple statements on Twitter.

In one, Paxton referred to the impeachment as "illegal, unethical, and profoundly unjust," and he said that he looks "forward to a quick resolution in the Texas Senate, where I have full confidence the process will be fair and just."

Paxton alleges that the impeachment is "a politically motivated sham." And, he alleges that Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan and the others who are leading the impeachment effort are "corrupt."

It remains to be seen whether Paxton will survive the Texas Senate trial.

Paxton has received the support of former President Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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