AUSTIN, Texas — Ken Paxton Pleads Not Guilty to Impeachment Charges
Impeached state Attorney General Ken Paxton made a defiant plea of not guilty to all 16 articles of impeachment, despite the GOP-controlled Senate’s refusal to dismiss the charges.
The third-term Republican politician’s lawyers passionately defended Paxton as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asked them to enter a plea for each of the 16 instances.
“Everything… said there was false. Therefore, Attorney General Ken Paxton pleads not guilty,”
attorney Tony Buzbee, one of the two attorneys standing by Paxton, declared in response to the charges read before the Senate.
During the plea process, a House manager requested that Patrick prevent Paxton’s lawyers from making additional comments beyond entering a plea.
“He can enter a plea of not guilty for his client. He can’t make speeches as he’s doing,”
a House manager argued.
Paxton is facing a total of 16 charges out of the 20 filed against him by the House in May. The Senate panel chose to address these 16 charges.
The Senate consists of 31 members, with 19 Republicans and 12 Democrats. To convict Paxton, two-thirds of the Senate, or 21 members, must vote in favor.
It’s worth noting that Paxton’s wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton, is not allowed to vote during the trial, reducing the total number of voting Republicans to 18.
LAWMAKERS RETURN TO CAPITOL HILL WITH TICKING CLOCK AND HEFTY TO-DO LIST
As lawmakers return to Capitol Hill, they face a ticking clock and a hefty to-do list.
- Ken Paxton pleads not guilty to all 16 articles of impeachment.
- His lawyers passionately defend him during the plea process.
- A House manager requests that Paxton’s lawyers refrain from making speeches.
- Paxton faces 16 charges out of the 20 filed against him.
- Two-thirds of the Senate must vote in favor to convict Paxton.
- Paxton’s wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton, cannot vote during the trial.
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