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Texas House committee recommends Attorney General Ken Paxton be impeached

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On Thursday, a Texas House committee voted unanimously to recommend this state Attorney General Ken Paxton be impeached and removed from office.

The state House of Representatives could vote on the recommendation as early as Friday.

The five members The GOP-led commission of inquiry met on Wednesday to discuss allegations of wrongdoing against Paxton, another Republican and the state’s top attorney.

Investigators for the House General Investigation Committee says the shutterI there was evidence that Paxton repeatedly violated state laws, including misuse of official information, abuse of official capacity, and retaliation.

paxton tweeted the allegations against him were based on “hearsay and gossip, repeating claims long since refuted” and being defended by “RINOs”—Republicans in name only.

Chris Hilton, the chief general counsel in Paxton’s office, called the committee’s investigation “unlawful.” He said “impeachment is completely precluded by Texas law” in Paxton’s case because the alleged misconduct predates his last election.

Some of the allegations against Paxton date back years.

He awaits his trial for a charge for state securities fraud charges beginning in 2015. He was sued in 2020 by four of his former collaboratorswho alleged he fired them for reporting him to federal law enforcement for allegedly taking bribes and using his office to help one of his campaign contributors.

The parties reached a $3.3 million settlement earlier this year, but the Texas legislature was reluctant to use taxpayer money to pay for the settlement. The House committee began its investigation after the settlement agreement.

Paxton’s office, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday evening, denied any wrongdoing and maintained that all allegations against him were politically motivated.

If the full House votes to impeach Paxton, he will be removed immediately pending resolution of a trial on the charges in the State Senate, the Texas Grandstand reported.

Hilton told reporters in Austin that voters were aware of the allegations against Paxton and re-elected him anyway last November. “Voters have spoken — they want Ken Paxton as their attorney general,” Hilton said.

The Associated Press contributed.


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