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TX AG Ken Paxton Admits He Was at the Capitol on January 6th

TX AG Ken Paxton Admits He Was at the Capitol on January 6th

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is running for a third term, but new revelations from the New York Times might make that difficult. Paxton revealed that “the only reason” he’s running for reelection is to keep fighting for Donald Trump in his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential election. Paxton has also indicated his willingness to participate in “forensic audits” of 2022 midterm races not won by Republican candidates.

The Texas GOP has been increasingly moving to the right, and some haven’t stopped questioning the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election, despite a broad coalition of top government and industry officials calling it the “most secure in American history.” Paxton is also currently living under the cloud of an FBI investigation over corruption allegations. He also participated in Trump’s January 6th “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the attack on the Capitol. His continued loyalty earned him an endorsement from Trump last year, and he also spoke at Trump’s MAGA rally of last month north of Houston.

 

Paxton is facing tough primary challenges from three heavy hitters in Texas Republican politics: George P. Bush, the Texas land commissioner and grandson of former President George H.W. Bush; Representative Louie Gohmert, the pro-MAGA East Texas congressman who also participated in the January 6th rally; and Eva Guzman, a former Texas Supreme Court justice. Paxton has also been landing well below the 50 percent threshold in recent public polls.

The Times reports that Paxton has been facing state charges of felony securities fraud since 2015, stemming from his time as a member of the Texas House during which, prosecutors have said, he directed investments to a firm without disclosing he would be compensated for doing so. Paxton has denied the charges and said the prosecution was politically motivated, and successfully delayed the trial. In 2020, several of Paxton’s top aides — high-ranking lawyers in the attorney general’s office with conservative credentials — accused him of bribery and abuse of power in connection with his actions on behalf of a real estate developer and campaign donor.

Read the full profile at The New York Times.

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