Texas State Attorney General Ken Paxton’s trial has come to verdict. The Senate is deliberating 16 articles of impeachment, at the end of which the 60-year-old can be sacked over corruption charges.
Early votes went Paxton’s way. The GOP-controlled Senate acquitted Paxton on the first 13 of 16 articles. Most votes went along the party lines. However, two Republican senators voted to convict the AG.
Paxton is not present in the Senate. He missed the majority of the two-week trial.
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Ken Paxton was suspended from the office in May. The House voted 121-23 to impeach him on 20 articles. They included bribery and abuse of public trust. They were related to the AG using his office to benefit a wealthy donor, Nate Paul.
Eight of Paxton’s deputies reported him to the FBI.
The Senate did not take four of the 20 original articles. They dated back to Paxton’s pending felony fraud case from 2015. One is related to his ethics filings in the impeachment trial.
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A look at the 16 articles the Senate is considering:
- ARTICLE 1 – Protection of charitable organization
- ARTICLE 2 – Abuse of the opinion process
- ARTICLE 3 – Abuse of the open records process
- ARTICLE 4 – Misuse of official information
- ARTICLE 5 – Engagement of Cammack
- ARTICLE 6 – Termination of whistleblowers
- ARTICLE 7 – Whistleblower investigation and report
- ARTICLE 8 – Settlement Agreement
- ARTICLE 9 – Paul’s employment of a woman with whom Paxton has acknowledged having an affair
- ARTICLE 10 – Paul’s providing renovations to Paxton home
- ARTICLE 15 – FALSE STATEMENT IN OFFICIAL RECORDS
- ARTICLE 16 – CONSPIRACY AND ATTEMPTED CONSPIRACY
- ARTICLE 17 – MISAPPROPRIATION OF PUBLIC RESOURCES
- ARTICLE 18 – DERELICTION OF DUTY
- ARTICLE 19 – UNFITNESS FOR OFFICE
- ARTICLE 20 – ABUSE OF PUBLIC TRUST