Ken Paxton's attorneys send cease and desist letter to Texas House impeachment investigators

 June 11, 2023

Attorneys for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a cease-and-desist letter to Texas House Republicans saying they are not allowed to contact witnesses or employees under Texas state law.

Attorneys Judd Stone and Christopher Hilton sent the letter on Thursday to House Speaker Dade Phelan, Representative Andrew Murr and Ann Johnson, and attorneys Rusty Hardin and Dick DeGuerin.

The letter read, "It has come to our attention that you and your agents have been contacting potential witnesses, including employees of the Office of the Attorney General, regarding the House’s meritless impeachment of Attorney General Ken Paxton. Presumably this is an after-the-fact attempt to gather facts to support your sham investigation, which has made a mockery of all Texans who believe in justice and the constitution. But whatever the reason for your refusal to conduct your investigation in public, it must stop."

The letter also pointed out that Texas House investigators "have no authority to request documents, approach witnesses, or do anything else regarding this matter until the Senate establishes the rules for this proceeding."

The Texas House voted 121-23 to impeach Paxton on May 27th in a move that many consider politically motivated.

Paxton is one of the most active fighters against the Democrat agenda, and the decision by the Texas House to impeach him drew strong criticism from former President Donald Trump as well as Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).