Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Texas House hands Ken Paxton impeachment articles to Senate - Washington Examiner

On Monday, the Texas House handed off the articles of impeachment against state Attorney General Ken Paxton to the state Senate.

The House voted 121-23 over the weekend to impeach Paxton for allegations of bribery and abuse while in office. He was suspended from his perch as a result, and the trial is set to take place no later than Aug. 28.


"The TX House’s impeachment was based on totally false claims. After an internal investigation, the OAG retained an outside law firm to further investigate, which culminated in a report. The OAG offered it to the House, but they refused," Paxton's office previously said of the impeachment proceedings.

To be convicted in the state Senate, a two-thirds majority will have to vote in favor — otherwise, Paxton will remain in office. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R-TX), who is the president of the state Senate, will preside over those proceedings as judge.

House Speaker Dade Phelan selected five Democrats and seven Republicans to serve as representatives in the impeachment trial. They delivered the impeachment articles to the state Senate Monday after being named.

Texas House board of managers comes back after delivering articles of impeachment against AG Ken Paxton to the Senate. #txlege pic.twitter.com/WOJVTJ8ntv

— Lauren McGaughy (@lmcgaughy) May 29, 2023

The GOP-led General Investigating Committee unanimously backed 20 articles of impeachment against Paxton, levying an array of accusations of...

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