Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has labeled his staff 'rogue employees with false allegations' after they accused him of helping a campaign donor whose offices were raided by the FBI.
Paxton - who is leading the attorneys general antitrust probe into Google - is said to have given legal favors to Austin based businessman Nate Paul who donated $25,000 to his 2018 re election bid.
In a single-page letter several of the Republican's top deputies, including Paxton's first assistant Jeff Mateer, wrote that they reported him to 'the appropriate law enforcement authority' for potentially breaking the law 'in his official capacity as the current Attorney General of Texas.'
Paxton said Sunday: 'The Texas attorney general’s office was referred a case from Travis County regarding allegations of crimes relating to the FBI, other government agencies and individuals. My obligation as attorney general is to conduct an investigation upon such referral.
'Because employees from my office impeded the investigation and because I knew Nate Paul, I ultimately decided to hire an outside independent prosecutor to make his own independent determination. Despite the effort by rogue employees and their false allegations, the AG’s office will continue to seek justice in Texas.'
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, left, has been accused of helping real estate investor and campaign donor Nate Paul after his offices were last year raided by the FBI. The letter was signed by the deputy attorneys general for policy, administration, civil litigation, criminal investigations and legal counsel, as well as Paxton's first assistant, Jeff Mateer, right, and Mateer's deputy
Text messages obtained by The Houston Chronicle show Paxton's first assistant, Jeff Mateer, had texted Paxton accusing him of 'violations concerning his relationship with Paul'
Text messages obtained by The Houston Chronicle show Mateer had texted Paxton accusing him of 'violations concerning his relationship with Paul'.
He wrote: 'Each of the individuals in this text chain made a good faith report of violations by you to an appropriate law enforcement authority concerning your relationship and activities with Nate Paul.'
Paxton replied he was out of office and asked them to email their concerns.
Their Thursday letter had stated: 'We have a good faith belief that the attorney general is violating federal and/or state law including prohibitions related to improper influence, abuse of office, bribery and other potential criminal offenses.'
It was first reported jointly by the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV and subsequently obtained by The Associated Press.
The letter does not offer specifics but it has since emerged that the Houston lawyer Paxton appointed over the Paul investigation last week issued grand jury subpoenas targeting 'adversaries' of the real estate mogul, according to reports.
Paul has not commented on the claims.
Several top deputies of Texas’ attorney general have reported to law enforcement that their boss engaged in crimes including bribery and abuse of office, according to this internal letter
Paxton - who is leading the attorneys general antitrust probe into Google - is said to have given legal favors to Nate Paul, pictured, who donated $25,000 to his 2018 re election bid
For over a year, the Justice Department and the