Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on Monday his intention to file criminal complaints against a group of state representatives who spearheaded his impeachment trial. These representatives, numbering twelve in total, were at the helm of the Senate trial after Paxton was impeached by the House in May. Paxton alleges that they released his personal information, an act he believes was aimed at threatening him.
In a statement, Paxton declared, “The impeachment managers clearly have a desire to threaten me with harm when they released this information last week. I’m imploring their local prosecutors in each individual district to investigate the criminal offenses that have been committed.” The Attorney General firmly believes that the actions of the impeachment managers warrant investigation and potential legal consequences.
The House representatives targeted by Paxton played a prominent role in the impeachment trial, which took place in the Senate following the House’s overwhelming vote for Paxton’s impeachment. However, last month, Paxton was acquitted of all sixteen articles of impeachment that accused him of corruption and bribery.
Paxton further claimed that the House impeachment managers violated a recently enacted state law by releasing documents related to the case on October 2. This newly passed legislation explicitly prohibits the dissemination of an individual’s personal information, such as their home address or telephone number, with the intent to cause harm to the individual or their family.
To address these alleged violations, Paxton intends to file criminal complaints in each of the eight counties represented by the twelve impeachment managers. By doing so, he aims to hold them accountable for their actions and ensure that the law is upheld.
This is an ongoing and developing story, and further updates are expected as the legal proceedings unfold.