In case you missed it, recent reporting by several Texas outlets has captured indicted Texas AG Ken Paxton’s most recent bad behavior. Here is a quick update on the recent developments: Paxton, who is under FBI investigation, already under federal indictment, and being sued by multiple whistleblowers for potential retaliatory action, is now refusing to release the emails and texts he sent or received while he attended and spoke in Washington D.C. for the January 6th rally turned deadly insurrection. 1. According to a joint reporting effort by the Austin American-Statesman, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News, ProPublica and the Texas Tribune, Paxton’s office is attempting to withhold all messages that Paxton sent or received while in Washington D.C. for the January 6th rally that turned into a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol leaving five people dead. These six news outlets also found that Paxton’s office, which is supposed to enforce the state’s open record laws, has no policy governing the release of work-related messages stored on Paxton’s personal devices.
- Paxton has also refused to answer questions about who paid for his trip to Washington D.C. In response to a question at a recent legislative hearing about whether he spent any taxpayer money he responded, “I didn’t spend money personally. I had a state purpose. The next day I had meetings at the White House … That’s how I spent most of my time.”
- Taylor Goldenstein a reporter for the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle said, “they looked at the areas the defendants came from and found that 86% of the prosecutions involved offenses that allegedly happened in counties with mostly nonwhite and Latino populations.”
- The report states that the former executives claim they were improperly fired after meeting with FBI agents to report allegations that Paxton was misusing his powers as Attorney General to help Austin businessman Nate Paul. A total of eight top executives have accused Paxton of impropriety and all either resigned or were fired.