Aides inside the Texas attorney general’s office claim Ken Paxton has engaged in a litany of crimes including improper influence, abuse of office and bribery.
Seven senior staff members formally requested an investigation into Paxton, the co-chair of the Lawyers for Trump coalition, Saturday in a one-page letter to the state agency’s director of human resources, obtained by the Austin American-Statesman.
“We have a good faith belief that the attorney general is violating federal and/or state law including prohibitions related to improper influence, abuse of office, bribery and other potential criminal offenses,” the letter reads.
Among the signatories was Paxton’s first assistant, Jeff Mateer, who resigned Friday. Mateer was nominated by President Trump in 2017 for federal judgeship, but his nomination was rescinded after anti-LGBT comments, including calling transgender children part of “Satan’s plan," were revisited.
Paxton’s political advisor, Jordan Berry, has also resigned, according to the Texas Tribune.
No details were included in the letter about possible crimes committed by Paxton, who is already under under indictment on felony charges of securities fraud
“The complaint filed against Attorney General Paxton was done to impede an ongoing investigation into criminal wrongdoing by public officials including employees of this office," Paxton’s office said in a statement Saturday night.
"Making false claims is a very serious matter and we plan to investigate this to the fullest extent of the law.”
In the securities fraud charges, which have been ongoing since 2015, Paxton allegedly convinced investors to buy stock in a technology firm that he had a financial interest in without disclosing his ties to the company.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Sunday that the allegations against Paxton ““raise serious concerns.”
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