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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton pursued perks beyond impeachment allegations, ex-staffers say

  • The Texas Senate is holding an impeachment trial for state Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been accused of bribery and abuse of public trust. Paxton is the third sitting official in Texas history to be impeached. The trial presents political and legal risks for Paxton.
  • Paxton is accused of having a relationship with a wealthy donor, Nate Paul, and using his office to help Paul fight a federal investigation. In return, Paul allegedly bankrolled renovations to Paxton's home and facilitated an extramarital affair. Paxton's alleged misconduct also includes pressuring his staff to intervene in other legal matters involving Paul.
  • The impeachment trial will resemble criminal and civil court proceedings, lasting two to three weeks, featuring opening statements, witnesses, and cross-examination. To secure a conviction, a two-thirds majority of the Senate must vote against Paxton. If convicted, he would be removed from office and potentially permanently barred from holding public office again.
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