Per the Associated Press report, "A Republican-led Texas House investigative committee that spent months looking into Attorney General Ken Paxton has recommended impeaching the fellow Republican after years of scandal. The state House could remove him soon as Friday." It was a unanimous recommendation. I'm not sure that what the AP says about Paxton being removed immediately upon impeachment (tomorrow?) is correct: it appears that in Texas, as in many other states (not to mention at the federal level), an impeached Attorney General gets a trial in the state senate. Curious to know more.Voronwë the Faithful wrote: ↑Thu May 25, 2023 11:46 pmThis seems a convenient place to follow-up on the tale of Ken Paxton.N.E. Brigand wrote: ↑Sat Feb 11, 2023 12:39 amSince this thread is still active for other reasons, I'll use it to note that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today reached a $3.3 million settlement with four former employees who had reported to the FBI about possible crimes that Paxton may have committed.N.E. Brigand wrote: ↑Thu Dec 10, 2020 12:58 amOops. I apologize for the error, and I thank you for the correction. I was confusing the two federal civil enforcement actions filed by the SEC against Paxton in 2016 and 2017, both of which were dismissed (the second time with prejudice), with the state criminal charges filed in 2015 against Paxton for the same conduct. Charges for which he has yet to go on trial, five years later.
He would be only the third Texas official ever impeached.
Edited to add: I failed to note, earlier this week, that Paxton had called upon Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan to resign for public drunkenness. I wonder if there's a connection.
Edited again to add a link to the committee's draft articles of impeachment -- twenty counts!