Texas House Votes to Impeach Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton

The Texas House of Representatives voted Saturday to impeach Attorney General Ken Paxton over charges of abuse of public trust and disregard of official duties. 

The House voted 121-23 to impeach the Republican, as he will step down temporarily and face trial in the upper chamber. 

Former employees in Paxton’s office called in 2020 for an investigation into Paxton regarding a real estate investigator who had his house raided by the FBI. 

The House Committ on General Investigating initiated an inquiry earlier in the year into Paxton after the AG asked the legislature for $3.3 million to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a staffer in his office. 

From Fox News

The Republican-led investigation has presented findings that Paxton recommended the developer, Nate Paul, employ a woman with whom Paxton was allegedly having an affair, and that Paul aided Paxton with a renovation of his home in exchange for favorable legal help from Paxton’s office. Paxton is also accused of obstruction of justice and false statements in official records.