Republican Texas AG Ken Paxton is acquitted of corruption charges at historic impeachment trial

September 17, 2023

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was fully acquitted Saturday of corruption charges in a historic impeachment trial, a resounding verdict that reaffirms the power of the GOP’s hard right and puts an indicted incumbent who remains under FBI investigation back into office. In accusing Paxton of abusing his office, former advisers recounted how Texas’ top lawyer allegedly pressured them to help a political donor who was under FBI investigation. The voting to acquit Paxton one-by-one on 16 charges of misconduct, bribery and corruption took more than an hour. “Attorney General Paxton has done an outstanding job representing Texas, especially pushing back against the Biden Administration,” Abbott said. ___Find AP’s full coverage of the impeachment of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton at: