Impeachment trial of Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton set to begin

On January 25, 2021, the Texas House of Representatives launched an impeachment trial against the state’s Republican Attorney General, Ken Paxton. Paxton is facing allegations of misconduct including bribery and abdication of duty, which stem from an accusation that he misused his position for personal gain.


If proven guilty, Paxton could potentially be removed from office and face criminal charges. The impeachment trial will consist of both a House committee and a special court of seven state district judges who will evaluate the evidence presented in the case.

The House panel held its first hearing on February 2, 2021, where democracy activists, legal experts, and Republican supporters alike testified to weigh in on the potential guilt of the accused. Paxton has denied all the charges and put forth a strong defense, arguing that the accusations are politically motivated.

Regardless of the outcome of the trial, the proceedings are setting a precedent for future impeachments of public officials in Texas.

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