Texas AG Paxton to Pursue Criminal Complaints Against Impeachment Leaders Amidst Acquittal

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton alleges that impeachment managers violated a recently enacted state law. (Image Midjourney)

In a twist of political drama, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on Monday his intent to file criminal complaints against the group of state representatives who spearheaded his impeachment, accusing them of unlawfully releasing his personal information.

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This move comes after Paxton was acquitted of 16 impeachment articles last month, including allegations of corruption and bribery.

The impeachment, initiated by 12 House representatives and supported by an overwhelming House vote in May, was led by the managers who are now in Paxton’s crosshairs.

The Attorney General alleges that these managers violated a recently enacted state law by disseminating documents related to the case, which included his personal details, on October 2nd.

The legislation in question prohibits sharing an individual’s personal information, such as home addresses or telephone numbers, with malicious intent to cause harm to the individual or their family.

Paxton, expressing his concerns and allegations in a statement, said, “The impeachment managers clearly have a desire to threaten me with harm when they released this information last week.”

He is urging local prosecutors in the districts represented by the impeachment managers to delve into what he perceives as criminal offenses.

Rusty Hardin, the House lawyer who prosecuted Paxton, countered the allegations on Monday, stating that the documents released contained no new information and merely echoed details already available in public records and documents previously filed or admitted into the impeachment trial without objection.

Hardin emphasized that there was no intent to harm Paxton and described the release as “simply a repeat of public information to anyone that wants to look into it.”

The unfolding saga may see further developments if Paxton follows through with his pledge to file the criminal complaints. Hardin has indicated that his Houston law firm will contemplate filing a counter criminal complaint against Paxton for making a false report to police, adding another layer to the ongoing political strife.

The case brings to light the ongoing tensions and high stakes in the political arena, where allegations, legal actions, and counteractions can swiftly become the next chapter of the narrative.

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