Texas House votes to impeach Attorney General Ken Paxton

Paxton says the investigation is politically motivated.

Published: May 27, 2023 5:53pm

Updated: May 27, 2023 6:00pm

The Texas House voted Saturday to impeach Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton 121-23 with two voting present.  

Under the Texas Constitution, Paxton will have to step aside temporarily as the process plays out.

The Senate will now take up the matter and vote whether or not to remove the attorney general. Two-thirds of the Senate must vote to remove him, which in this case means 21 senators, or he will remain in office. 

Paxton is under investigation by the FBI for allegedly misusing his office to assist a donor.

An investigative committee in the Texas House of Representatives voted unanimously, 5-0, to adopt articles of impeachment on Friday.

The articles of impeachment brought forward by the lawmakers accuse Paxton of engaging in bribery and unlawful conduct. 

Paxton says the investigation is politically motivated.

A lawyer in Paxton's office, Chris Hilton, said in a press conference earlier this week that the House investigators' findings are "false," "misleading," and "full of errors big and small."


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