This afternoon Texas lawmakers went ahead with their impeachment proceedings on state Attorney General Ken Paxton. The Republican-led House General Investigating Committee has filed 20 articles of impeachment against Paxton, with allegations ranging from disregard of official duty to bribery and obstruction of justice. The proceedings come after a months-long secret investigation into Paxton.
After all 20 articles were explained in detail, representatives against a vote today spoke. Then the vote. It was quick and painless for most.
Soon after the vote was announced, Ken Paxton tweeted:
I am beyond grateful to have the support of millions of Texans who recognize that what we just witnessed is illegal, unethical, and profoundly unjust. I look forward to a quick resolution in the Texas Senate, where I have full confidence the process will be fair and just.
Now it goes to the Texas Senate.
Articles 1 - 6, disregard of official duty
Article 7, misapplication of public resources
Article 8, disregard of official duty
Article 9 - 10, constitutional bribery
Article 11 - 12, obstruction of justice
Article 13 - 15 , false statements in official records
Article 16, conspiracy and attempted conspiracy
Article 17, misappropriation of public resources
Article 18, dereliction of duty
Article 19, unfitness for office
Article 20, abuse of public trust