FBI Reportedly Investigating
Ken Paxton, The Texas Attorney General who is up for reelection, has been a vocal opponent of vaccine mandates and other pandemic mitigation measures such as mask requirements and community-wide restrictions. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) has tested positive for COVID-19, his office confirmed on Wednesday.
Paxton was already under indictment on felony securities fraud charges when, in October 2020, members of his own team made multiple criminal allegations against him. About a year ago, FBI agents arrived at Paxton’s door — as a rule, that’s not a good sign for any politician — and soon after, the Texas bar association launched an investigation into Paxton’s alleged professional misconduct.
In October, Paxton sued the Biden administration over its vaccine mandate for federal contractors, claiming that the administration was “using subterfuge to accomplish what they cannot achieve directly-universal compliance with their vaccine mandates, regardless of individual preferences, healthcare needs, or religious beliefs.
The Texas official has threatened legal action against entities in his own state as well, warning school districts to drop their mask mandates and telling local governments to loosen their COVID-19 restrictions when cases were still rising and vaccines were not yet available.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) this week refused to turn over records of his participation at a pro-Trump rally that occurred just before supporters of the former president stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 last year.
The Travis County district attorney’s office allotted Paxton four days to turn over the records or face a lawsuit, according to The Associated Press. But in a Friday letter, Paxton’s office reportedly denied the district attorney’s demands and refused to acknowledge any violations, the news outlet noted.
The request from the DA’s office comes after several Texas news outlets including The Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle and the Austin American-Statesman, filed a complaint to investigate an alleged violation of open records laws.
Paxton and his wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton (R), were present at the rally held in Washington, D.C., last year on the National Mall.
During the event, former President Trump repeated unsupported claims that widespread voter tainted the 2020 presidential election and encouraged his supporters to go to Congress and demand they halt the certification of the election results.
Paxton, for his part, made a speech at the rally detailing an unsuccessful attempt to overturn Biden’s victory in the presidential election, the AP reported.
The news comes after a series of allegations made against Paxton including bribery, abuse of office and others. The FBI is conducting a probe into these allegations.