As Twitchy reported earlier Saturday, the Texas House of Representatives had scheduled a vote on the impeachment of Attorney General Ken Paxton. Sen. Ted Cruz called the vote “a travesty” and said that everything alleged against Paxton was known before he was elected, so the voice of the people should be what counted.
We’re just hearing now that the House has voted to impeach Paxton.
Fox News reports:
The Texas House of Representatives voted Saturday to impeach Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton over charges of bribery, disregard of official duties and abuse of public trust after hours of debate in an afternoon session — sending the case to the state Senate.
The House voted 121-23 to impeach him, meaning he will step down temporarily as he faces trial in the upper chamber. A simple majority was required to impeach him.
The House’s Committee on General Investigating had initiated an inquiry in March after Paxton and his office asked the legislature for $3.3 million to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by whistleblowers in the office. The former employees had called in 2020 for an investigation into Paxton’s actions regarding an Austin real estate investor who had his home searched by the FBI. They accused Paxton of using his office to protect him by authorizing an investigation into the FBI.