After being cleared of state impeachment charges on Saturday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton expressed his strong disapproval in a letter addressed to the White House.
A mixed group of Texas state senators from both parties had brought forward accusations against Paxton, a member of the Republican party, alleging him of misconduct, bribery, and unsuitability for office. Out of the jury, 12 Democrats and two Republican senators, Robert Nichols and Kelly Hancock, supported his impeachment.
Paxton was under scrutiny for reportedly leveraging his political position to offer employment to Nate Paul, a real estate developer, who had connections with Laura Olson, believed to be Paxton’s close acquaintance. Earlier in June, Paul faced legal action for purportedly providing misleading information to financial institutions.
For the impeachment to proceed, 21 votes were essential. However, the required two-thirds majority was not met, with the final vote tallying shortly before 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Paxton’s letter criticized the proceedings, claiming they were orchestrated by the Biden Administration in tandem with liberal House Speaker Dade Phelan, costing taxpayers extensively and casting a shadow over the Texas House. He expressed, “Using impeachment as a tool for political vendetta is not just incorrect, it’s ethically flawed,” emphasizing his discontent.
Furthermore, Paxton challenged the White House for endorsing what he termed “unlawful practices.” He concluded his letter with a stern warning, asserting, “The Biden Administration should be prepared. We won’t stand by while you undermine the constitution and the rights of Texans. Accountability awaits you.”