Texas AG Ken Paxton IMPEACHED: Republican led House votes to impeach Lone Star ... trends now

Texas AG Ken Paxton IMPEACHED: Republican led House votes to impeach Lone Star ... trends now
Texas AG Ken Paxton IMPEACHED: Republican led House votes to impeach Lone Star ... trends now

Texas AG Ken Paxton IMPEACHED: Republican led House votes to impeach Lone Star ... trends now

Texas´ GOP-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 fellow Republican who rose to be a star of the conservative legal movement despite years of scandal and alleged crimes.

The vote 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.

The vote constitutes an abrupt downfall for one of the GOP´s most prominent legal combatants, who in 2020 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn President Joe Biden´s electoral defeat of Donald Trump. It makes Paxton only the third sitting official in Texas´ nearly 200-year history to have been impeached.

Paxton has been under FBI investigation for years over accusations that he used his office to help a donor and was separately indicted on securities fraud charges in 2015, though he has yet to stand trial. Until this week, his fellow Republicans had taken a muted stance on the allegations.

Paxton, 60, has decried what he called 'political theater' based on 'hearsay and gossip, parroting long-disproven claims,' and said it's an attempt to disenfranchise voters who reelected him in November.

It's unclear where the attorney general was Saturday, but during the House proceeding he was sharing statements from supporters on Twitter.

Attorney General Ken Paxton's three terms in office in the Lone State State have been dogged with allegations of corruption from both sides of the aisle

Attorney General Ken Paxton's three terms in office in the Lone State State have been dogged with allegations of corruption from both sides of the aisle

Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan scheduled an afternoon start on Saturday for debate on whether to impeach and suspend Paxton

Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan scheduled an afternoon start on Saturday for debate on whether to impeach and suspend Paxton

'No one person should be above the law, least not the top law enforcement officer of the state of Texas,' Rep. David Spiller, a Republican member of the committee that investigated Paxton, said in opening statements. Rep. Ann Johnson, a Democratic member, told lawmakers that Texas´ 'top cop is on the take.'

Rep. Charlie Geren, a Republican committee member, said without elaborating that Paxton had called lawmakers and threatened them with political 'consequences.' As the articles of impeachment were laid out, some of the lawmakers shook their heads. They were expected to debate impeachment for four hours before voting.

House Leader Dade Phelan, also a Republican, scheduled an afternoon start on Saturday for debate on whether to impeach and suspend Paxton from office over allegations of bribery, unfitness for office and abuse of public trust.

Allegations of corruption have dogged Paxon during his three terms as Texas' top lawyer. In 2020, Paxton, 60, asked the US Supreme Court to overturn President Joe Biden's electoral defeat of Donald Trump. Only two officials in Texas' nearly 200-year history have been impeached. 

Shortly before the debate began, Donald Trump took to his TruthSocial platform to say that he would 'fight' those who voted to impeach Paxton.

'Hopefully Republicans in the Texas House will agree that this is a very unfair process that should not be allowed to happen or proceed — I will fight you if it does,' Trump wrote.

His son, Donald Trump Jr., called the impeachment proceedings a 'disgrace' on Friady.  

On Friday night, Paxton took to Newsmax to plead his case. Calling the impeachment 'illegal.' 

'There's a statute in Texas, which they are not following: This is an illegal impeachment,' Paxton said.

On Saturday, ex-President Donald Trump vowed to 'fight' any Republicans who voted to remove Paxton from office

On Saturday, ex-President Donald Trump vowed to 'fight' any Republicans who voted to remove Paxton from office

Speaker of the House Phelan bows his head as Governor Greg Abbot (R) puts his right hand across the chest, during the national anthem in House Chamber in Austin

Speaker of the House Phelan bows his head as Governor Greg Abbot (R) puts his right hand across the chest, during the national anthem in House Chamber in Austin 

'The statute says that if there were complaints prior to the election, there were issues prior to the election, you can't bring impeachment on issues that occurred, whether true or false, before the election: 19 of the 20 in this complaint were from issues related to the election.'

The second was related to my settlement authority, and they're saying that I deserved be impeached because I settled a case which required that the Legislature approved the money. They have to actually fund it,' the embattled lawmaker added. 

Taking a leaf out of Trump's book, Paxton told Newsmax personality, Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, that Republicans in the Texas House are conspiring with their Democratic colleagues to impeach Paxton. 

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