December 8, 2020/Media, Press

Hoping for a Presidential Pardon: Federally Indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Entertains Trump’s False Election Claims With a New Lawsuit

Paxton Sues to Stop Official Electoral Votes From Taking Place in Georgia, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Pennsylvania

Austin, Texas — Today, Paxton in a last ditch effort to stop four states from casting their electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden, the clear winner of the 2020 Presidential Election filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court. Paxton claims cases of voter fraud in all four states despite experts and other federal courts who have firmly disputed these claims.

ICYMI: Texas Tribune: In new lawsuit, Texas contests election results in Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania

“Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing four battleground states — Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — whose election results handed the White House to President-elect Joe Biden.”

More from the Texas Tribune: 

“The last-minute bid, which legal experts have already characterized as a longshot, comes alongside dozens of similar attempts by President Donald Trump and his political allies. The majority of those lawsuits have already failed.”

“There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election, officials in most states and U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr have said. Biden won in all four states where Paxton is challenging the results.”

“Paxton and Trump are political allies whose interests often line up in court, as with Texas’ challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Paxton, in public appearances, often characterizes their relationship as a friendly one, sharing the story of the time the president called while Paxton was in the shower.”

“Paxton, who has been under indictment since 2015 for felony securities fraud charges, is facing fresh criminal allegations from eight of his top deputies, who said they believe he broke the law by using the agency to do favors for a political donor. The FBI is investigating Paxton over those claims, according to the Associated Press. Paxton has denied wrongdoing.”

No Texas Republican Allies Are Running To Paxton’s Defense, so He’s Doing His Only Friend, Trump a Political Favor and Hoping For One In Return that Spares Him From Jail Time

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“Not even Trump’s U.S. Attorney General William Barr is willing to entertain Trump’s blatant lies and attempts to corrupt our country’s 2020 election results or our electoral college process. Yet, in an effort to make news and potentially gain favor with Trump — who is dishing out presidential pardons to allies — indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is willing to carry Trump’s legal water. This is downright wrong and embarrassing for Texans. Joe Biden won this election. Paxton should stop trying to subvert the will of the people and start working to do the job he was elected to do — protecting everyday Texans.”

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Timeline of Allegations Against Ken Paxton

  • 10/3/20: Seven top Republican aides to Ken Paxton, including his second-in-command, Jeff Matteer, allege to federal law enforcement that Ken Paxton committed numerous violations of the law, including abuse of office, bribery, and improper influence.

  • 10/5/20: News media report that the allegations centered around Paxton unilaterally appointing an unqualified “special prosecutor” to investigate federal law enforcement officials who raided the offices of a top donor, Nate Paul.

  • 10/5/20: Reports emerge that one of Paxton’s Deputy Attorneys General had sent a letter to the “special prosecutor,” alleging that his appointment was potentially illegal.

  • 10/7/20: Reports surfaced that Paxton personally intervened in a case benefitting Paul, at the expense of a charity.

  • 10/7/20: Some of Paxton’s top aides make public a letter detailing their allegations against Paxton, including the connection to Nate Paul. The letter reports that Paxton’s actions were “unconscionable.”

  • 10/8/20: Reports surfaced that on Aug 1, Paxton personally ordered a “rushed written legal opinion” that could “possibly protect assets belonging to” Paul.

  • 10/13/20: Paxton breaks his silence to the “little known legal outlet called the Southeast Texas Record.” The Record is later identified as part of a “pay-for-play news” network that has received millions from Republican organizations.

  • 10/20/20: One of the seven whistleblowers, Lacey Mase, reported that she had been fired.

  • 10/22/20: A second whistleblower, Blake Brickman, was fired. Firing the whistleblowers potentially will subject the state to civil legal liability, as whistleblowers fired 90 days after they report wrongdoing are presumed to be fired due to the report.

  • 10/23/20: Paxton’s former second-in-command, Jeff Mateer, breaks his silence, claiming that he was “shocked” at Paxton’s behavior, believing it to be something “no attorney general has ever done.” At the same time, the Dallas Morning News reports that Paxton personally involved himself in a request for records related to the FBI raid on Nate Paul.

  • 10/23/20: Media reports that four out of the seven whistleblowers were either sidelined or outright fired.

  • 10/28/20: The media reports that all seven of the whistleblowers, in addition to Paxton’s Chief of Staff, either resigned, were fired, or put on leave.

  • 11/5/20: A new report surfaces that Paxton had an extramarital affair with a State Senate aide for whom he later secured a job with Nate Paul–providing a personal motive for Paxton’s potentially illegal actions.

  • 11/8/20: The Dallas Morning News, the most conservative of Texas’s major-market newspapers, calls for Paxton’s resignation.

  • 11/13/20: Four of the fired or reprimanded whistleblowers file a retaliation lawsuit against the Office of the Attorney General.

 

Indictment: State Charges

  • 5/2/14: Then-State Senator Ken Paxton admits to soliciting investment clients without being registered, resulting in a $1,000 reprimand from the State Securities Board.

  • 11/14/14: Paxton is elected Texas Attorney General

  • 7/1/15: The media reports that the Texas Rangers are investigating Paxton for first-degree felony state securities fraud, beyond what he admitted the previous year.

  • 7/28/15: Paxton is indicted on three counts of felony securities fraud.

  • 8/3/15: Paxton surrenders to law enforcement, is booked into Collin County Jail, his mugshot is taken, and he is released on a $35,000 bond

  • 8/18/15: Paxton is re-indicted for first-degree felony securities fraud, and an additional charge of fraudulent misrepresentation is added.

  • 1/12/17: Paxton’s trial is set for May 1.

  • 4/11/17: Venue in Paxton’s trial was transferred from Collin to Harris County.

  • 6/14/17: The Collin County Commissioners Court sues to halt payments to the Special Prosecutors trying the case

  • 8/21/17: A Dallas Court halts payments to the Special Prosecutors.

  • 10/4/17: Paxton’s trial is delayed again due to the ongoing dispute over prosecutor fees.

  • 12/20/17: The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals agrees to hear the dispute over prosecutor fees, further delaying the trial.

  • 11/6/18: Paxton narrowly wins another term.

  • 6/19/19: The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rules that the prosecutor fees fall outside the legal limits, further imperiling the case against Paxton.

  •  7/27/20: After a Harris County judge attempts to move the case back to Collin County, another Harris County judge takes the case.

  • 10/23/20: The Harris County judge sends the case back to Paxton’s native Collin County.

 

Indictment: Federal Charges

  • 4/11/16: The SEC files federal securities fraud charges against Ken Paxton, alleging he pressured investors to invest in a company while not disclosing his own financial interest in the company.

  • 10/7/16: A federal court dismisses the charges.

  • 10/21/16: The SEC refiles the charges against Paxton, alleging he knowingly deceived members of his own investment group.

  • 3/2/17: The same federal judge dismisses the refiled charges.

 

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