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Paxton Lawyers Fret Over His Reputation
Even though the defense of the Paxton team appears to be, "the voters knew he was a criminal."
Since the impeachment of Attorney General Ken Paxton in the Texas House, Paxton’s camp has repeatedly said, “The voters were aware of Paxton’s criminal history and chose to elect him anyway.” The supporters of Paxton have repeatedly claimed that they knew who he was and voted for him anyway.
Last week, the House Impeachment Managers uploaded nearly 4,000 pages of exhibits (a.k.a. evidence), and the documents were pretty damning. They detailed some salacious facts about the Paxton affair, included video interviews with Nate Paul, and showed in great detail the lengths Paxton went to in order to aid his buddy Nate Paul in criminal activity.
Paxton’s lawyers filed a motion for sanctions against the House Managers in response.
They gave several reasons, but what stands out the most was their claim that House Managers (Republicans) and their counsel (also Republicans) have engaged in a vindictive campaign to destroy the Attorney General’s reputation. The same Attorney General they spent the past few months not denying he was a criminal but saying he shouldn’t be impeached because the voters knew he was a criminal.
This is the Republican way. It’s what Donald Trump does. It’s what Ken Paxton does. Change the narrative and point fingers in another direction whenever it suits them—precious and delicate snowflakes incapable of accountability.
The problem with the one-party rule in Texas is Paxton has been under multiple indictments as long as he’s been in office. It’s never been a secret, but for whatever reason, Republicans don’t care how crooked and corrupt their politicians are as long as they play their part in the culture wars.
Paxton even admitted to violating Texas securities regulations in 2014 when he first ran for office. Paxton has been in trouble more than once for allegedly taking bribes (which is the subject of his impeachment). He was sued for firing whistleblowers, has been under FBI investigation, and participated in an insurrection against the American government.
But now, Paxton’s lawyers are worried about how the public will perceive him after the evidence of his misdeeds with Nate Paul has been uploaded online for the entire world to see.
By learning the details of Paxton’s corruption, do you see him as any more crooked than you saw him yesterday?