Elections

published : 2023-09-16

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Acquitted on All Impeachment Charges: 'The Truth Prevailed'

Texas AG cleared of bribery and corruption charges related to real estate developer Nate Paul

A photo of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton addressing his supporters after being acquitted on all impeachment charges. (Taken with a Nikon D850)

The Texas Senate has acquitted state Attorney General Ken Paxton of all impeachment articles filed against him for corruption and unfitness for office.

Though there is bipartisan support for impeachment, votes to convict on each charge did not clear the 21-vote threshold. Republican Sens. Robert Nichols and Kelly Hancock joined all 12 Democrats to vote in favor of conviction on several charges.

The Texas Senate convened at 10:30 a.m. central time Saturday to vote and finished just before 1 p.m.

A snapshot of the Texas Senate voting on the impeachment articles against Ken Paxton. (Taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

"Today, the truth prevailed. The truth could not be buried by mudslinging politicians or their powerful benefactors," Paxton said in a statement thanking his supporters after the verdict was delivered.

Paxton faced accusations that he misused his political power to help the real estate developer Nate Paul.

"The sham impeachment coordinated by the Biden Administration with liberal House Speaker Dade Phelan and his kangaroo court has cost taxpayers millions of dollars, disrupted the work of the Office of Attorney General and left a dark and permanent stain on the Texas House," Paxton said, calling the "weaponization" of impeachment "immoral and corrupt."

An image of Texas Governor Greg Abbott congratulating Ken Paxton after the trial. (Taken with a Sony Alpha A7 III)

"Now that this shameful process is over, my work to defend our constitutional rights will resume. Thank you to everyone who has stood with us during this time," he added.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott congratulated Paxton after the trial concluded.

"The jury has spoken. Attorney General Ken Paxton received a fair trial as required by the Texas Constitution. I look forward to continuing to work with the Attorney General to secure the border and protect Texas from federal overreach," Abbott said.