The impeachment trial of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 5, 2023. Paxton is facing charges of corruption, abuse of public trust, and other offenses. He was impeached by the Texas House of Representatives in May 2023, and the state Senate will now serve as the jury in his trial.
Paxton is a Republican, and the state Senate is also controlled by Republicans. However, it is possible that Paxton could be convicted and removed from office. If he is convicted, he would be the first Texas attorney general to be removed from office.
The impeachment trial is expected to last several weeks. The House managers, who are prosecuting Paxton, will present their case first. Then, Paxton's defense team will have a chance to respond. After both sides have presented their cases, the senators will vote on whether or not to convict Paxton.
If Paxton is convicted, he will be removed from office. The lieutenant governor would then become the acting attorney general. The governor would then appoint a new attorney general to serve the remainder of Paxton's term.
The impeachment trial of Ken Paxton is a significant event in Texas politics. It is the first time in over 100 years that a Texas attorney general has been impeached. The outcome of the trial could have a major impact on the future of Texas politics.
To learn more about Paxtons Impeachment read this article from Fox News. An excerpt of the article has been copied below:
Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton is bracing for his impeachment trial set to begin Tuesday, historically brought by state senators of his own political party.
The state Senate is taking up 16 articles of impeachment relating to allegations of bribery, dereliction of duty and disregard of official duty against Paxton, who will be just the third person to stand for an impeachment trial in the history of the Texas legislature.
A close ally to former President Donald Trump, Paxton spearheaded several lawsuits in December 2020 challenging the presidential election results in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin showing a victory for Joe Biden. Paxton also spoke during Trump’s Jan. 6, 2021, rally at the Ellipse, the park south of the White House, before the eventual riot at the U.S. Capitol.