Two more senior aides fired from Texas attorney general’s office in wake of criminal accusations against Ken Paxton
Two more senior aides to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton have been fired weeks after top deputies accused him of criminal wrongdoing — marking four such terminations in just a few weeks.
David Maxwell, the agency’s director of law enforcement, and Mark Penley, the deputy attorney general for criminal justice, have been fired. Both had been on paid investigative leave for weeks in the wake of their roles vetting a complaint made by Nate Paul, a real estate investor and political donor to Paxton. Ian Prior, a political spokesman for Paxton, confirmed the moves Monday.
Who is David Maxwell? He is a retired Texas Ranger with over 30 years with DPS. He was the head Ranger Instructor which means just about every Texas Ranger was taught by him.
David. M. Maxwell, Jr. began his law enforcement career with the Texas Department of Public Safety in November 1972 as a Highway Patrol Trooper. In 1981 he was promoted to sergeant and transferred to the Narcotic Investigation Division, where he worked intensively undercover. He was also the lead investigator on a number of sensitive and complex narcotic investigations. In February 1986 he was appointed to the Texas Rangers, where he specialized in homicide and murder-for-hire investigations, often posing undercover as a hit man. David soon obtained a reputation as a tough, honest and thorough investigator with an uncanny ability to get to the truth of the matter that impresses the most seasoned investigator.
David was one of the lead investigators in the post investigation of the ATF raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, TX and the siege afterwards by the FBI. He displayed the integrity of the Texas Rangers during that investigation by not allowing political pressure to interfere with his obtaining the truth and earned the respect of his peers at all levels of law enforcement.
David’s interviewing skills are recognized by other investigators as being outstanding. Because of this he was asked by ATF to become an instructor for the Analytic Interviewing Course. In 1997 he attended the Advanced Analytic Interviewing Instructor Course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Georgia where he shared his techniques and knowledge with the rest of the instructors and students. Since that time he has returned to Texas, where he has practiced and applied in the field what he learned and is now being sought as an instructor and consultant in Analytic Interviewing.
Both David Maxwell and Mark Penley had been on paid investigative leave for weeks in the wake of their roles vetting a complaint made by Nate Paul, a real estate investor and political donor to Paxton.
Ian Prior, a political spokesman for Paxton, confirmed the moves Monday.
Prior said Maxwell was fired for violating agency policies, including making employment decisions without consulting the human resources department “that have resulted in allegations of discrimination.”
“He also violated other policies and has taken other actions that have left no choice but to terminate his employment,” Prior said in a statement.
In another statement, Prior said Penley “omitted or misrepresented to a court material facts, as well as other policy violations.”
Neither Maxwell nor Penley immediately returned requests for comment Monday night. The press team for the office of the attorney general did not return requests for comment.
Maxwell has been at the attorney general’s office since 2014 and in law enforcement for some 50 years. He is well known in Texas law enforcement circles, where he became famous for identifying the man who killed his sister decades after her death.
Has the office of Ken Paxton gone too far?
The Texas Rangers have accustomed themselves to concealing and aiding Corrupt Politicians for years but to actually fire one of them so disgracefully by someone completely in the wrong.