May 24, 2023      2:21 PM
HK: Two hours of extraordinary testimony puts AG Ken Paxton on glide path to impeachment
Phelan takes control of the narrative, the Speaker can call the House back in on his own for Impeachment. Talk turns to Abbott choice to replace Paxton.
In two hours of the most
riveting testimony seen in the Texas Capitol since hearings were
first streamed, four attorneys, all with deep experience in public integrity
issues revealed the results of their investigation of Attorney General Ken
Paxton. The depth and breadth of their revelations stunned the committee
and are at this very moment reverberating throughout the Capitol.
We will get to the
politics and procedure in a moment.
Others will catalog the dozens
of allegations of improprieties, unethical and yes, potential criminal
behavior. The investigators even laid out a list
for potential criminal prosecutions resulting from their documented
There were multiple tracks
or transgressions ranging from the reasonably well-known indictment for
securities fraud and subsequent investigations of Paxton for the same offenses
in 2012 even after having been sued in 2009.
But some of the more
damning allegations to come to light were Paxton’s personal interventions
including allegedly handing off to Nate Paul unredacted law enforcement
files justifying the search warrant of the Austin developer.
By Harvey Kronberg