Ken Paxton is an American lawyer and politician who has been serving as the Attorney General of Texas since January 2015. He is a member of the Republican Party and a Tea Party conservative. Paxton has been in the news recently due to a number of controversies and legal issues.
In 2020, four former staffers accused Paxton of corruption, claiming that he used his office to benefit a wealthy donor. Paxton denied the allegations, but the case has been ongoing and has resulted in him agreeing to pay $3.3 million in taxpayer money to settle the lawsuit.
Paxton has also been at the center of a high-profile abortion case in Texas. A group of Texas abortion funds filed a lawsuit seeking legal protection for their work, which includes paying for flights, hotels, and other expenses of Texan women seeking to travel out of state for abortions. Paxton was ordered to testify in the case, but he fled his home to avoid being served a subpoena.
In addition, Paxton has been a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump and has been involved in several legal battles related to the 2020 presidential election. He filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court seeking to overturn the election results in four battleground states, but the case was dismissed. Paxton also faced criticism for his role in the January 6th insurrection at the US Capitol, with some calling for his resignation.
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton impeached on charges of corruption and other irregularities
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been impeached by the Texas House of Representatives on allegations of corruption and other irregularities.
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton impeached on charges of bribery and misuse of office
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton impeached on 20 articles
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been impeached on 20 articles, including bribery and abuse of public trust.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton impeached by state House
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been impeached by the state House over accusations of abuse of office.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton faces impeachment proceedings
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is facing impeachment proceedings over allegations of bribery, unfitness for office, and abuse of public trust.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton faces impeachment
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is facing impeachment over allegations of bribery, unfitness for office and abuse of public trust.
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton avoids subpoena in abortion access case
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