Ken Paxton acquitted on all counts in impeachment trial


In a dramatic loss for the Texas House of Representatives, the Texas Senate did not sustain any of the articles of impeachment against Attorney General Ken Paxton, triggering his reinstatement to office after nearly a four-month suspension.

The House Board of Managers needed to convince 21 senators to sustain at least one of the charges. The Senate’s court of impeachment sustained none of the charges, granting a full acquittal to Paxton to resume his position as the duly elected attorney general.

Most of the charges were dismissed by a vote of 14 to 16.

After the vote concluded, Sen. Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) made a motion to dismiss the four articles of impeachment that had been held in abeyance and were not considered in the Senate’s impeachment trial proceedings. The motion passed by a vote of 19 to 11.

Paxton slammed the Texas House and Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) in a statement celebrating the acquittals.

“The weaponization of the impeachment process to settle political differences is not only wrong, it is immoral and corrupt,” Paxton said.

“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.”

The attorney general thanked his wife, Sen. Angela Paxton (R-McKinney), and his other supporters.

Patrick had his own criticisms of Phelan and the House after the acquittals were announced.

“Millions of taxpayer dollars have been wasted on this impeachment!” Patrick exclaimed from the dais.

The lieutenant governor called for amendments to the Texas Constitution to prevent the hasty impeachment of an elected official based on unsworn testimony, among other recommendations.

A few moments later, Patrick signed the documents reinstating Paxton as attorney general and dissolved the Senate’s court of impeachment.

During his suspension, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has been led by various interim attorneys general, including First Assistant Attorney General Brent Webster, former Texas Secretary of State John Scott, and Angela Colmenero, the deputy chief of staff to Gov. Greg Abbott.

While Paxton has his job back, his legal troubles are far from over. He is still facing the possibility of up to life imprisonment on felony securities fraud charges in Harris County. The lawsuit filed by four former OAG employees under the Texas Whistleblower Act is still active, and there are no signs the Legislature intends to pay for the $3.3 million settlement.

The House General Investigating Committee stated that the settlement is what spurred the committee’s decision to investigate Paxton and recommend his impeachment and removal from office.

There are also proceedings pending to take away his bar license for his lawsuits against the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

Dan Butcher

Dan Butcher (aka HP Pundit) is not a Democrat or Republican. He is a free thinking independent bringing you news and commentary with a dose of much needed common sense.

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