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Here are the 20 articles of impeachment filed against Ken Paxton - The Texas Tribune

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The 20 articles of impeachment against state Attorney General Ken Paxton, filed Thursday night in the Texas House, accused the Republican official of a range of criminal acts that the full Texas House will be asked to vote upon.

Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction, who leads the House General Investigating Committee, which recommended that Paxton be impeached, told House members that the articles allege “grave offenses.”

According to House Resolution 2377, those accusations were:

Article 1, disregard of official duty

Paxton violated the duties of his office by failing to protect a charitable organization by directing employees to intervene in a lawsuit between the nonprofit Mitte Foundation and Austin real estate investor Nate Paul, a Paxton friend and political donor. “Paxton harmed the Mitte Foundation in an effort to benefit Paul,” the resolution said.

Article 2, disregard of official duty

Paxton misused his official power to issue written legal opinions to help Paul avoid foreclosure sales of properties owned by Paul and his businesses. Paxton concealed his actions by soliciting state Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, to seek the attorney general’s opinion as a “straw requestor,” the resolution said, adding that Paxton also directed employees to reverse their legal conclusions in ways that helped Paul.

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