Texas House Committee Recommends AG Ken Paxton Be Impeached

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

A Texas House committee recommended Thursday that state Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) be impeached after hearing testimony from investigators who say Paxton broke several laws in order to help a political donor.

Prior to that announcement Axios reported:

A Texas House committee heard public testimony this week from investigators who allege that the state’s attorney general broke several laws and misused his power to help a political donor.

The House General Investigating Committee, led by a Republican, has the power to recommend the House censure or impeach Ken Paxton, also a Republican, meaning Paxton’s political reckoning could come from members of his own party.

Investigators for the House committee testified that Paxton committed a crime by retaliating against employees who reported violations of the law “in good faith.”

Paxton – who’s virulently anti-LGBTQ – denies any wrongdoing. The Texas House could remove him from office as soon as tomorrow.

More about the alleged offenses here. It’s worth noting that Paxton has been re-elected twice despite being under indictment on felony securities fraud charges.