Ken Paxton: 7 top aides accuse Texas attorney general of bribery, abuse of office

  

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Via:  sister-mary-agnes-ample-bottom  •  2 weeks ago  •  12 comments

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Ken Paxton: 7 top aides accuse Texas attorney general of bribery, abuse of office
Seven top aides to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton have accused him of bribery, abuse of office and other potentially criminal offenses, according to a letter obtained Saturday by the Austin American-Statesman and television station KVUE.

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Ken Paxton: 7 top aides accuse Texas attorney general of bribery, abuse of office

Seven top aides to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton have accused him of bribery, abuse of office and other potentially criminal offenses, according to a letter obtained Saturday by the Austin American-Statesman and television station KVUE.

The letter, signed by the officials and dated Thursday, said it was a notice to Paxton's office that the aides had reported a "potential violation of law" by Paxton to the "appropriate law enforcement authority."

"We have a good faith belief that the Attorney General is violating federal and/or state law, including prohibitions relating to improper influence, abuse of office, bribery and other potential criminal offenses," the letter says.

Additional details on the allegations were not included, the Statesman reported. CNN has not obtained a copy of the letter.

In a statement sent to CNN Sunday, Paxton's office denied the allegations and said they were meant to obstruct an inquiry into alleged criminal behavior by other officials.

"The complaint filed against Attorney General Paxton was done to impede an ongoing investigation into criminal wrongdoing by public officials including employees of this office," the statement said. "Making false claims is a very serious matter and we plan to investigate this to the fullest extent of the law."

The attorney general's office said it would not comment further, citing the "ongoing investigation." Paxton, a Republican, was first elected attorney general in 2014 and re-elected in 2018.

According to the Statesman, the letter was sent to human resources and signed by First Assistant Attorney General Jeff Mateer, who resigned on Friday.

CNN has reached out to Mateer for comment but has not heard back.

The other signees include Mateer's deputy and deputy attorneys general who oversee the office's policy, administration, civil litigation, criminal investigations and legal counsel divisions.

"Each signatory below has knowledge of facts relevant to these potential offenses and has provided statements concerning those facts to the appropriate law enforcement authority," the letter says. The aides also informed Paxton personally via text message, the letter says.


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Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    2 weeks ago

We have a good faith belief that the Attorney General is violating federal and/or state law, including prohibitions relating to improper influence, abuse of office, bribery and other potential criminal offenses," the letter says.

If I had to guess, and clearly I have to guess because this article was not forthcoming with the goods, I would guess that it has something to do with mail-in voting and other Covid-related scenarios.  

 
 
 
devangelical
1.1  devangelical  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1    2 weeks ago

that crooked jerk should have been giving BJ's in huntsville 5 years ago, just to keep the teeth in his lying face.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
1.1.1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  devangelical @1.1    2 weeks ago

I had no idea he was such a creep.  I guess elected officials are now more comfortable waving their dirty drawers in public these days.  After all, Trump wears his dirty drawers on the outside of his suit pants and it hasn't hurt him at all.  Well, until the last few days...

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
2  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    2 weeks ago

Or maybe this:

Paxton claims victory for religious freedom over San Antonio’s Chick-fil-A decision

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been under criminal indictment on federal securities fraud charges for five years, is declaring a victory for “religious freedom” today (Monday, Sept. 14), after the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration announced it would offer Chick-fil-A restaurants the chance to lease space in Terminal A of the San Antonio International Airport.

The San Antonio City Council voted in March of last year not to allow the chain to open a restaurant at the airport because of Chick-fil-A’s record of giving large donations to anti-LGBTQ organizations and the company CEO Dan Cathey’s stated opposition to marriage equality.

 
 
 
Kavika
3  Kavika     2 weeks ago

Shit boy howdy, sounds like Paxton may have stepped in a wet cow paddy.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
3.1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Kavika @3    2 weeks ago
Paxton may have stepped in a wet cow paddy.

Or several!

 
 
 
JBB
4  JBB    2 weeks ago

Thanks to the damn gop on Texas Louisiana is no longer The Most Corrupt State in the Nation...

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
4.1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  JBB @4    2 weeks ago
Thanks to the damn gop on Texas Louisiana is no longer The Most Corrupt State in the Nation...

I don't think I would take it that far, but things in Texas have certainly been more disappointing than not.  

 
 
 
Gsquared
5  Gsquared    2 weeks ago

No surprise.  No surprise at all.

 
 
 
Split Personality
6  Split Personality    2 weeks ago
Ken Paxton has spent eight months — the majority of his time as attorney general — under indictment.

The legal cloud shows no sign of dissipating.

How long the case takes to resolve depends almost entirely on decisions made by Paxton and his legal team. Depending on when a Dallas appeals court rules on their most recent challenge to his securities fraud indictments, this legal battle could stretch on for months — and perhaps years.

Those who’ve counseled other politicians in legal trouble said Paxton now has a tough choice between playing the waiting game and pushing for an expedited trial that could be a liability for his party during election season.

“It’s a real chess game when you’ve got something like this,” said Dick DeGuerin, a Houston attorney who defended former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay after their indictments. “The quicker it can be resolved, and resolved in their favor, the quicker they can get back to the job they’ve been elected to do — and get re-elected.”

Paxton was indicted on three felony charges in July...

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/texas-attorney-general-ken-paxton-e2-80-99s-securities-fraud-case-could-take-years-to-resolve/ar-BB16RZbx

Note; this article was originally published 07/07/20

 
 
 
Split Personality
7  Split Personality    2 weeks ago

Paxton continues to stonewall detractors who call for his resignation.

He was first elected to the AG in 2015 despite being under indictment for multiple counts of securities fraud since 2014.

He was then reelected AG for a term of 2018 to 2022.

Only in Texas...

To run for the Office of Texas Attorney General,

one must be 18 years old,

a resident of TX for at least 12 months,

a resident in the same voting district for at least 12 months

and one need not be a practicing Attorney or Judge.

Paxton replaced Gregg Abbott when Abbott was elected to Governor.

this is how the good ole boys club of the GOP operates in TX.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
7.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Split Personality @7    2 weeks ago

What was I saying about the screwed up justice system in TX?

 
 
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