September 16, 2023      2:11 PM
Blasting back: Texas House Speaker Phelan says Patrick orchestrated the outcome of the impeachment trial from the start
"To be clear, Patrick attacked the House for standing up against corruption...The inescapable conclusion is that today’s outcome appears to have been orchestrated from the start, cheating the people of Texas of justice."
Here is the full statement
from Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan:
“Over the last two weeks,
the Texas House Board of Managers provided the Texas Senate and the people of
Texas extensive evidence of Ken Paxton’s corruption, deception
and self-dealing. It is extremely unfortunate that after hearing and evaluating
this evidence, the Texas Senate chose not to remove him from office. Moreover,
I find it deeply concerning that after weeks of claiming he would preside over
this trial in an impartial and honest manner, Lt. Governor Patrick would
conclude by confessing his bias and placing his contempt for the people’s House
on full display. To be clear, Patrick attacked the House for standing up
against corruption. His tirade disrespects the Constitutional impeachment
process afforded to us by the founders of this great state. The inescapable
conclusion is that today’s outcome appears to have been orchestrated from the
start, cheating the people of Texas of justice.
“This impeachment was set
in motion because Ken Paxton requested millions of taxpayer dollars to settle a
lawsuit brought by conservative, senior employees who Paxton himself recruited
to his office. These brave individuals were willing to sacrifice their
reputations and careers to fight against the misconduct they witnessed, which
included abuse of power, corruption, allegations of bribery, and allowing Nate
Paul to act as the de facto Attorney General of Texas.
“The House General
Investigating Committee’s subsequent investigation into the merits of the
settlement produced more than enough damning evidence to warrant impeachment.
The impeachment process exists not to punish the offender, but to determine
whether they have abused their power so egregiously that they are unfit for
office and their removal is in the best interest of the state. It is
unfortunate that the outcome of this process will ultimately relinquish control
of the state’s top law enforcement agency to an individual who, I believe,
clearly abused his power, compromised his agency and its employees, and moved
mountains to protect and benefit himself.
“The Senate’s refusal to
remove Ken Paxton from office is, however, not the end of this matter. Ken
Paxton is the subject of multiple other lawsuits, indictments
and investigations. If new facts continue to come out, those who allowed him to
keep his office will have much to answer for.
“I extend my utmost thanks
to the House Board of Managers and their legal team for their diligent work on
this matter, and to each of the 121 House Members who bravely acted in the best
interest of this state by voting to advance the articles of impeachment. It was
a difficult vote to take, but not a difficult decision. And unlike others, they
chose principles over politics. I stand with them in full support of their
decision and recognize the sacrifices they made in the name of doing what is
right. Because of them, Texans had the ability to hear the evidence in a public
trial, as the founders of this great state intended.”