Texas lawmakers recommend impeaching Attorney General Ken Paxton after Republican investigation
Turbulent days ahead for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the subject of a three-month ethics probe by the Texas House.
On Wednesday, a panel of non-partisan investigators reported there is strong evidence the State's top law enforcement officer actually broke the laws against abuse of office, bribery and retaliation.
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On Thursday, the House General Investigating Committee voted unanimously to send articles of impeachment to the full House.
Those allegations coming after Paxton accused House Speaker Dade Phelan of presiding over the lower chamber while "intoxicated."
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According to Quorum Report's Scott Braddock, House leadership is moving rapidly to hold Paxton accountable.
"As soon as Saturday, the Texas House could take up articles of impeachment against the Attorney General, and if they do that it's a simple majority of the House to impeach," said Braddock.
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Gaining a House majority would require Speaker Dade Phelan find at least a dozen GOP members willing to vote against their fellow Republican who has survived politically nearly a decade under criminal indictment for securities fraud.
"If Republican House members vote for articles of impeachment without political cover from the Governor or Lt. Governor, they are inviting a very serious primary challenge in March of 2024 and one they might lose. Unless you really have all the Republican elites say, this is the time for Paxton to go than you are taking a big risk as a Republican lawmaker," said Rice Political analyst Mark Jones.
And in a genuinely bizarre twist to a week filled with heated allegations, a mysterious dumpster fire broke out just outside the Attorney General's Office.
In the Texas House, impeachment requires a simple majority vote of the 150 members.
If that occurs, Attorney General Paxton would then face a trial in the Texas Senate where his wife serves. A two-thirds vote in the upper chamber would be required for conviction and removal from office.
With just three days left in the regular session, impeachment proceedings may be scheduled after the final gavel falls.
"The House can act at anytime the Speaker chooses when it comes to articles of impeachment. The Texas Constitution says the Speaker can convene the House for that purpose. The Governor does not have to call them into session for that," said Braddock.