RELEASE: Texas Democrats on Allegations of Illegal Conduct and Bribery by Indicted Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton

Austin, Texas — Today [October 3rd], in a bombshell report from the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE,  former top aides for Indicted Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton alleged, among other violations of the law, that Paxton took bribes and abused his office. Paxton is already facing criminal charges for securities fraud in Collin County.

Paxton is the co-chair of Lawyers for Trump, most recent prior chair of the national Republican Attorney General’s Association, and leads the Republican lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the middle of the biggest pandemic in modern American history. 

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“Indicted Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton is the top law enforcement official in the state. Yet, he has proven for years that he cannot follow the law himself. Ken Paxton is an admitted law breaker. He’s been investigated by the Texas Rangers, and currently on trial for criminal securities fraud. Now, he faces bribery and illegal conduct allegations from his own top aides.

“Texans are tired of Republican corruption and lawlessness that festers under their unchecked power. From voter suppression, to his attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and now these new allegations: Indicted Ken Paxton’s actions have been criminal, and the consequences are dire for the people of Texas. 

“Texans deserve new leadership  and they are demanding change. To bring change, every Texan must vote Democratic up and down the ballot in November. We’re not only in a battle to stop the pandemic and save our state, but to save our entire democracy.”