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Ken Paxton Acquitted On All Charges - To Return To Office
The Texas Senate is full of cowards. Despite the the mountain of evidence of corruption, Senate Conservative bent to pressure and voted to acquit.
Scroll to the bottom to see how each Senator voted.
After nine days of deliberation, both sides of the impeachment trial closed today and after deliberation the Senate found Paxton not guilty on ALL Articles of Impeachment.
Article I: Paxton violated the duties of his office by failing to protect a charitable organization.
Article II: Paxton misused his official power to issue written legal opinions to help Paul avoid foreclosure sales of properties owned by Paul and his businesses.
Article III: Paxton misused his official power to administer the state’s public information laws by directing employees to act contrary to the law on an open records request for Department of Public Safety documents and in another unspecified case.
Article IV: Paxton misused his power to administer public information laws to obtain previously undisclosed information held by his office.
Article V: Paxton misused his official powers by violating the laws regarding how outside attorneys should be appointed.
Article VI: Paxton violated his duties of office by firing or retaliating against employees in violation of the Texas Whistleblowers Act, which protects public employees who make good-faith reports of potentially illegal action to law enforcement.
Article VII: Paxton misused public resources by directing employees to conduct a “sham investigation” into the whistleblowers’ complaints, leading the attorney general’s office to publish “a lengthy written report containing false or misleading statements in Paxton’s defense.”
Article VIII: Paxton misused his official powers by “concealing his wrongful acts in connection with the whistleblower complaints.”
Article IX: Paxton engaged in bribery in violation of Article 16 of the Texas Constitution when he benefited from Paul’s decision to employ a woman “with whom Paxton was having an extramarital affair.”
Article X: Paxton engaged in bribery in violation of Article 16 of the Texas Constitution when Paul provided extensive renovations to Paxton’s Austin home.
Article XV: Paxton made, or caused others to make, multiple false or misleading statements in his office’s response to the whistleblowers’ claims in an effort to mislead the public and public officials.
Article XVI: While in office, Paxton acted with others to conspire, or attempt to conspire, to commit the crimes described in the other articles.
Article XVII: Paxton misused his official powers by causing employees to perform services for his benefit and the benefit of others.
Article XVIII: Paxton violated the Texas Constitution, his oaths of office, plus statutes and public policy against public officials acting against the public interest.
Article IX: Paxton engaged in private and public misconduct, described in the articles, that “indicate his unfitness for office.”
Article XX: Paxton subverted the lawful operation of Texas government by using, misusing or failing to use his official powers and obstructed the fair and impartial administration of justice, bringing the attorney general’s office “into scandal and disrepute,” which harmed the public’s confidence in the state’s government.
Here is how the Senate voted:
Ken Paxton is to be reinstated to office immediately. This story is still developing. Stay tuned.