BREAKING: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Impeached
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been suspended from his post after his peers in the Texas House voted in favor of impeachment. Here is what we know so far.
What Led To Paxton's Impeachment?
Recently, Paxton accused Dade Phelan of being intoxicated while serving as Speaker Of The Texas House. Following the accusation, according the the Texas Tribune, the House General Investigating Committee stated they had been looking into Paxton since March. On Wednesday, the Committee provided their evidence, which the Texas Tribune reports including misuse of power and funds, and breaking many laws.
Paxton was also accused of requesting $3.3 million in taxpayer money to settle whistleblower cases despite providing no information or evidence to support the request. According to the Austin American-Statesman, this accusation ultimately triggered the impeachment effort.
Following the testimonies of the the Committee, a vote was held to decide if the Texas House would impeach Paxton. The final vote tally was 121-23, in favor of the 20 articles of impeachment that were put forth. This has suspended Paxton from his post of Texas Attorney State General - for now, at least.
Paxton will now have to wait for another trial in the State Senate to see if he will be barred permanently and not allowed to hold office again.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has some details about what impeachment means in Texas vs on the federal level.
The Upcoming Senate Trial For Paxton
For Paxton to be barred, The Texas Tribune reports that two-thirds of the Senate must vote in favor of the impeachment.
Paxton also tweeted his thoughts on the matter, stating his displeasure with the proceedings and how they were handled:
As this is a developing story, we will have more information when it becomes available.