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FBI now investigating Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for alleged corruption

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at a recent news conference in Austin, Texas.

AUSTIN, Texas — The FBI is investigating allegations that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton broke the law in using his office to benefit a wealthy donor, according to two people with knowledge of the probe.

Federal agents are looking into claims by former members of Paxton’s staff that the high-profile Republican committed bribery, abuse of office and other crimes to help Austin real estate developer Nate Paul, the people told The Associated Press. They insisted on anonymity to discuss the investigation because it is ongoing.

Confirmation of the criminal probe marks mounting legal peril for Paxton, who’s denied wrongdoing and refused calls for his resignation since his top deputies reported him to federal authorities at the end of September.

A criminal defense attorney for Paxton, Philip Hilder, declined to comment. Spokespersons in the attorney general’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

It’s unclear how far the FBI is into investigating the allegations against Paxton. An agency spokeswoman in San Antonio declined to comment.

Paxton is accused of using his position as Texas’ top law enforcement official to benefit Paul in several ways, according to seven senior lawyers in the attorney general’s office and the agency’s head of law enforcement. Central to their claims is the fact that Paxton hired an outside lawyer to investigate the developer’s allegations that the FBI improperly searched his home and offices last year.

Each of Paxton’s accusers has resigned, been put on leave or been fired since reporting him. Last week, four of them filed a state whistleblower lawsuit against the attorney general, claiming he ousted them as retribution.

The full nature of Paxton and Paul’s connection remains unclear. In 2018, Paul donated $25,000 to the attorney general’s reelection campaign. The developer also said in a recent deposition that Paxton recommended a woman for her job with his company.

Two people previously told The Associated Press that Paxton acknowledged in 2018 having an extramarital affair with the woman, who was then a state Senate aide. The people spoke on condition of anonymity due to fears about retaliation.

Paxton said in a Tuesday statement to the Austin American-Stateman that, “after reviewing the claims made by former employees of this office, their allegations are overblown, based upon assumptions, and to a large degree misrepresent the facts.”

Paxton has spent most of his tenure in office maintaining his innocence in the face of an indictment on unrelated securities fraud charges. The case has been stalled for years over legal challenges.

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      1. I believe you are the only one on this blog to be asked to leave a public park by the police after concerned parents in your neighborhood noticed you approaching children. Isn’t that true? My question is how do you find time to approach children in the park when you are so busy trying to kidnap immigrant children down by your soon to come down wall and failed brickyard? They’re quite a ways apart, aren’t they?

  1. POS Paxton is as corrupt and immoral as Trump. A prison sentence is long overdue. I have despised him since his AG campaign began in 2013 and he started spewing his anti-immigrant rhetoric. He got indicted on securities fraud in 2015 and he still hasn’t gone to trial. Is this a f-ing coincidence? I think not!!

    #PaxtonForPrison

    1. Yeah, tell that to the US Attorney’s office in Albuquerque who are looking into your dealings with the other scum in the ‘Build the Wall’ fiasco and your contributions to the defrauding of the filth that sent money. If they don’t get you others will. In the next few years decent Americans will deal with all you Nazi filth one way or another.

      1. I havent broken any laws and neither has the people being harassed by the corrupt left for building a wall on the border. Its all politics, but youre too stupid to figure that out for yourself

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