On Thursday, a Texas House committee recommended that state Attorney General Ken Paxton be impeached. Investigators for the committee had testified that they believed Paxton had broken several state laws and had engaged in a series of abuses of office.
Paxton, who was reelected last year despite the numerous scandals, claimed the call for impeachment amounts to an effort “to overturn the results of a free and fair election.” The statement is particularly ironic given that Paxton played a major role in trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election, having led the charge on a lawsuit asking the Supreme Court to throw out the results from four swing states.
American Oversight has sued Paxton’s office, and the office of Gov. Greg Abbott, for failing to release several sets of public records, including email communications with gun industry lobbyists as well as any emails sent by Paxton around Jan. 6, 2021, when Paxton spoke at the “Stop the Steal” rally near the White House prior to the attack on the Capitol.
Meanwhile, Texas became the latest state to drop out of the multistate Electronic Registration Information Center, the program used by dozens of states to maintain voter rolls and prevent duplicate voter registrations.
Michael Pack’s Abuses of Power at USAGM
A federal investigation found that Michael Pack, the Trump appointee who served as CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, “repeatedly abused the powers of his office, broke laws and regulations, and engaged in gross mismanagement” during his tenure in 2020.