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Samuel Schaffer, Associate News Editor


NextImg:Texas AG Ken Paxton impeachment proceedings Saturday could remove him from office immediately

Conservative firebrand in the courts, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton faces the prospect of impeachment and removal from office Saturday.

The Republican-led Texas House of Representatives will vote on whether to send articles of impeachment against the attorney general to the state senate in the afternoon. If the vote passes, Paxton would be immediately removed from office and forced to undergo a senate trial.

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The Conservative warrior in the courts has been the subject of high-profile headlines this year that talked about his lawsuits against the Biden administration, but more recently, the AG seems to have fallen from grace. A Republican-led panel voted after an investigation to present his impeachment articles to the State House Wednesday.

Investigators accused Paxton of a number of misdoings. Among them is an alleged attempt to hide an affair, misusing his office to help a donor, and skirting protocols as he created a culture of fear and retaliation in his office, according to the Associated Press.

Justice Department officials in Washington D.C. have also taken over a case looking into alleged bribery and abuse of office by Paxton, according to the AP.

Paxton has denied the accusations.

“It is not surprising that a committee appointed by liberal Speaker Dade Phelan would seek to disenfranchise Texas voters and sabotage my work as Attorney General,” Paxton said regarding the findings of the House investigation, according to the AP.

Some of the suits that the Texas AG has been in the news for recently include pursuits of the Biden administration. One of his recent lawsuits accused the Biden administration of allowing immigrants to obtain green cards even if they may become reliant on social services.

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According to the Texas Tribune, The lawsuit accused the Biden administration of seeking to “further its open borders policy by enacting a new agency rule that effectively nullifies federal law excluding aliens likely to become public charges.”

The impeachment vote would need a two-thirds majority to pass.