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Texas AG Ken Paxton acquitted on all impeachment charges


On Saturday, a verdict was reached in the impeachment trial of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton with Lt. Governor Dan Patrick presiding. Paxton faced 16 counts of impeachment, each requiring a conviction for impeachment. To be acquitted, Paxton needed at least 10 state senators out of the total 31 to vote in his favor.


Fortunately for Paxton, he was acquitted on all 16 counts thanks to the consistent votes of Senators Paul Bettencourt, Brian Birdwell, Donna Campbell, Brandon Creighton, Pete Flores, Bob Hall, Joan Huffman, Bryan Hughes, Phil King, Lois Kolkhorst, Mayes Middleton, Tan Parker, Charles Perry, Kevin Sparks, Drew Springer, and John Whitmire. They consistently voted to acquit Paxton throughout the trial.


The vote tallies showed a majority of senators rejecting the articles of impeachment. Only 14 senators voted in favor of Paxton's impeachment for most of the articles, while 16 senators voted against. However, on Article 5, Paxton gained an extra vote, with 13 senators supporting impeachment and 17 opposing.


Article 8 saw an even more significant departure from the support column, with only 8 senators voting to impeach and 22 opposing. On Article 9, Paxton received 18 votes against impeachment. Notably, votes on articles 11-14 were skipped, and Lieutenant Governor Patrick announced a vote on Article 17 after the votes on articles 15 and 16, resulting in Paxton's acquittal.


Following the acquittal votes, a motion was brought forth to dismiss charges 11-14, and that motion was granted, further relieving Paxton from those accusations.


Among all the articles, Article 10 emerged as one of the most controversial. It alleged that Paxton engaged in bribery while holding the office of attorney general. The specific claim implicated Paxton benefiting from renovations to his home provided by Nate Paul, who allegedly received special access to the attorney general's office in return.


An interesting moment arose on the seventh day of the trial when a prosecution witness revealed that there was no evidence of any home renovations made by Paxton, in contrast to the allegations presented in Article 10.


Attorney for Paxton, Tony Buzbee, skillfully questioned Andrew Wicker, Paxton's former personal assistant, about the alleged renovations made to the kitchen in question. Wicker, compelled by the truth, admitted that no renovations occurred, despite the allegations made against Paxton. It is worth noting that Paxton's wife, Angela, who is also a state senator, was unable to vote in the impeachment trial due to an obvious conflict of interest.


This impeachment trial commenced on September 5, encompassing several intense moments and finally concluding with Paxton's acquittal on all charges.

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