TX Senate preparing for impeachment trial of AG Ken Paxton

By Jen Krausz on
 May 29, 2023

The Texas Senate is now preparing to hold an impeachment trial for Attorney General Ken Paxton, which is set to begin no later than August 28. Paxton has stepped down temporarily pending the outcome of the trial.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appointed a committee to make up rules and procedures for the trial, which will then be approved by the Senate before the trial begins.

“Today, the Texas Senate received Articles of Impeachment for Attorney General Ken Paxton,” Patrick said in a written statement on Monday evening. “The Senate will follow its constitutional duty and I appointed a committee to develop proposed rules and procedures for the matter.”

The committee consists of five Republicans and two Democrats.

Paxton’s wife, Angela, is one of 31 state senators who will vote in the trial. A two-thirds majority is required to convict Paxton.

The 20 articles of impeachment against Paxton include misapplication of public resources, bribery, and obstruction of justice, Breitbart Texas reported.