Texas House Votes to Impeach Attorney General Ken Paxton
Texas’ Republican-led House of Representatives impeached state Attorney General Ken Paxton on Saturday in a 121-23 vote.
The Details: The impeachment was brought over charges of bribery, disregard of official duties, and abuse of public trust. Paxton will step down temporarily to face trial in the state Senate, allowing Governor Greg Abbott to appoint an interim AG.
For Context: Paxton was indicted on securities fraud charges in 2015, but is yet to stand trial. He is a political ally of Former President Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), and in 2020 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the 2020 Presidential Election results. Paxton was previously a “star of the conservative movement,” according to Associated Press (Lean Left), and the change in Republican sentiments came swiftly after a state House investigative committee unveiled its investigation on Tuesday, and recommended impeachment on Thursday.
Fair Trial?: Paxton and his team have called the impeachment “politically motivated,” and criticized the committee’s hiring of outside investigators, pointing to an internal investigation that showed no wrongdoings. Paxton’s attorneys said he was not afforded basic privileges “in a system governed by the rule of law,” but the committee argued he did not get such protections because he was not facing criminal charges. Several state and federal Republicans criticized the impeachment.
How The Media Covered It: Coverage was split across the spectrum. Associated Press called the impeachment “historic” and went in-depth on allegations brought against Paxton, while Fox News (Right) focused on critical conservative perspectives.
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From the RightTexas House votes to impeach Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton
The Texas House of Representatives voted Saturday to impeach Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton over charges of bribery, disregard of official duties and abuse of public trust after hours of debate in an afternoon session -- sending the case to the state Senate.
The House voted 121-23 to impeach him, meaning he will step down temporarily as he faces trial in the upper chamber. A simple majority was required to impeach him.
The House’s Committee on General Investigating had initiated an inquiry in March after Paxton and his office asked the legislature for $3.3...
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Texas’ Republican-led House of Representatives impeached state Attorney General Ken Paxton on Saturday on articles including bribery and abuse of public trust, a sudden, historic rebuke of a GOP official who rose to be a star of the conservative legal movement despite years of scandal and alleged crimes.
Impeachment triggers Paxton’s immediate suspension from office pending the outcome of a trial in the state Senate and empowers Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to appoint someone else as Texas’ top lawyer in the interim.
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From the CenterTexas House votes to impeach AG Ken Paxton
The Texas House on Saturday voted to impeach embattled state Attorney General Ken Paxton (R).
The vote was 121-23, with two present but not voting, and three who were absent from the chamber. He will be suspended from office pending a trial in the Senate.
The impeachment represents a sudden reversal for Paxton, who has twice cruised to reelection despite being under active federal indictment.
On Thursday, a state House investigative committee recommended his impeachment, finding that he had “used, misused, or failed to use his official powers in a manner calculated to subvert the lawful operation of the government.”