Trump says he'd consider Texas AG Ken Paxton for attorney general

"He's been a good attorney general," former President Donald Trump said.

Published: May 20, 2024 2:24pm

Former President Donald Trump said this week that he would consider nominating Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to be U.S. attorney general in his next administration.

Trump made the remarks to Fox 4 Dallas-Fort Worth at the National Rifle Association convention on Sunday when asked if he would consider Paxton for the post.

"I would, actually. He's very, very talented," Trump said. "I mean, we have a lot of people that want that one and will be very good at it. But he's a very talented guy."

"I fought for him when he had the difficulty, and we won," Trump continued. "He had some people really after him, and I thought it was very unfair. He's been a good attorney general."

Last September, Paxton was impeached by the Texas House of Representatives and acquitted by the state Senate on 16 articles of impeachment that alleged he used his power and office to help donor-investor Nate Paul work through legal difficulties.

Trump supported Paxton amid the impeachment and endorsed primary challengers to Republicans who voted to impeach him.

Following Paxton's acquittal, Trump posted on Truth Social that his "intervention through TRUTH SOCIAL saved Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton from going down at the hands of Democrats and some Republicans."

Paxton has also supported Trump during his hush money trial in New York City.

Last month, Paxton attended the trial to support Trump, who is being accused of improper payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

Paxton posted on X (formerly Twitter), "With President Trump in NYC to sit through this sham of a trial. This trial is a travesty of justice. I stand with Trump."

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