Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is in hot water yet again. According to multiple reports, Paxton will be the focus of an impeachment trial that is set to begin no later than August 28, 2023.
On Saturday, May 27, members of the Texas House of Representatives House General Investigating Committee met to discuss Paxton’s role as the state’s attorney general. During the hearing, members of the House General Investigating Committee put forth 20 articles of impeachment against Paxton. A few of the articles of impeachment brought forth are tied to a 2015 securities fraud federal indictment, but the majority of the accusations levied against Paxton highlight his relationship with Austin real estate investor Nate Paul.
In 2018, Austin real estate investor Nate Paul reportedly contributed $25,000 to Paxton’s re-election campaign. Two years later, the FBI began investigating Paul and the real estate investor allegedly asked Paxton to get involved. Investigators hired by the House General Investigating Committee have determined that Paxton broke away from policy and issued subpoenas that benefited the real estate investor. Additionally, investigators claim that the attorney general required members of his staff to rewrite an opinion on COVID-19 restrictions that also benefited Paul.
Ultimately, the House voted to impeach Paxton after hearing the claims presented against him. As a result, he has been temporarily removed from office as he awaits trial in the Senate.
“I look forward to a quick resolution in the Texas Senate, where I have full confidence the process will be fair and just.”