Texas House votes to impeach attorney general
On Saturday, the Texas House of Representatives voted 121-23 to impeach state Attorney General Ken Paxton on 20 articles of impeachment. The articles include accusations of bribery, abuse of office, and misleading officials. Paxton is suspended from office during the proceedings. A two-thirds vote in the state Senate would result in his final removal from office.
What does Paxton have to say? He has denied wrongdoing. The FBI has investigated Paxton for years over allegations that he used his office to assist a donor. He was also indicted on securities fraud charges in 2015, although no trial has occurred. Paxton has called the proceedings against him “corrupt” and led by “corrupt politicians.”
Dig deeper: Read Mary Jackson’s report in Relations about Paxton’s defense of a Texas attempt to protect minors from transgender interventions.
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