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Old 3rd October 2020, 11:23 PM   #1
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Texas state attorney-general turned in for corruption by his whole office

The executive staff of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton have taken the step of publicly asking for a federal investigation of Paxton on a number of alleged acts of corruption, in a signed letter shared with local media.

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In a one-page letter to the state agency’s director of human resources, obtained Saturday by the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV, seven executives in the upper tiers of the office said that they are seeking the investigation into Paxton “in his official capacity as the current Attorney General of Texas.”

The Thursday letter said that each “has knowledge of facts relevant to these potential offenses and has provided statements concerning those facts to the appropriate law enforcement.”

Paxton, a 57-year-old Republican, was elected in 2014. His office said in a statement Saturday evening: “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. Making false claims is a very serious matter and we plan to investigate this to the fullest extent of the law.”

The statement did not elaborate.

The letter to human resources was signed by Paxton’s first assistant, Jeff Mateer, who resigned Friday, and Mateer’s deputy Ryan Bangert. It is also signed by James Blake Brickman, Lacey Mase, Darren McCarty, Mark Penley and Ryan Vassar, who are deputy attorneys general overseeing the divisions of policy, administration, civil litigation, criminal investigations and legal counsel.

“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 states.

Their decisions to report possible illegal activity involving their employer represents a stunning development in an agency that prizes loyalty, particularly from within Paxton’s inner circle. It places a renewed spotlight on Paxton, who is already under indictment for alleged securities fraud.
The rest of the article describes Paxton's earlier legal troubles; the mentioned securities fraud indictment was handed down in 2015 and the case has not gone to trial yet.
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Old 3rd October 2020, 11:49 PM   #2
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Hmmmmm. Sounds like Paxton may be in a heap of trouble.
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Old 4th October 2020, 02:07 AM   #3
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I think he's lost the dressing room there!
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Old 4th October 2020, 08:56 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Stacyhs View Post
Hmmmmm. Sounds like Paxton may be in a heap of trouble.

But-but-but...Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton disputes those possible crimes.

KVUE ABC wrote,

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In a statement on Saturday evening, Paxton's office said, "The complaint filed against General Paxton was done to impede on an ongoing investigation into criminal wrongdoing by public officials including employees of this office. Making false claims is a very serious matter and we plan to investigate this to the fullest extent of the law."1

(BTW: I agree, this sounds like Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is in a heap of trouble.)


1. Plohetski, Tony. (2020, October 3). 7 high-ranking whistleblowers allege criminal violations against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. KVUE ABC. Retrieved from https://www.kvue.com/article/news/politics/texas-attorney-general-ken-paxton-federal-complaint-alleged-bribery-abuse-of-office/269-e5c1d64c-f1af-45ee-87ad-cd2b16f43a4f
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Old 4th October 2020, 09:44 AM   #5
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Well, if he says he's innocent, that would seem to settle the matter.
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How stupid do you have to be, to attain high office without assuring that your staff are co-conspirators in your schemes? Conversely, what are the chances this is a falling out among thieves? Like a drug dealer ratting out his competition?
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It's very certainly a falling out of people who are otherwise in ideological lockstep. As the OP-linked article points out, Paxton's "first assistant" Jeff Mateer who signed the letter is the same Jeff Mateer who was once nominated for the Federal bench by Trump and had to refuse the nomination after the press had dug up some previous statements by him that transgender children are "part of Satan's plan".

It would seem Paxton's malfeasance would have to be egregious for his inner circle to turn on him like this. Either that, or something must've happened where they perceived Paxton as betraying them first.
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They sound like a lovely bunch.
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Originally Posted by Checkmite View Post
It's very certainly a falling out of people who are otherwise in ideological lockstep. As the OP-linked article points out, Paxton's "first assistant" Jeff Mateer who signed the letter is the same Jeff Mateer who was once nominated for the Federal bench by Trump and had to refuse the nomination after the press had dug up some previous statements by him that transgender children are "part of Satan's plan".

It would seem Paxton's malfeasance would have to be egregious for his inner circle to turn on him like this. Either that, or something must've happened where they perceived Paxton as betraying them first.
The latter seems more likely to me. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.
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