Impeachment Case Against Paxton Implodes As Witnesses Admit No Misdeeds
Witnesses called by the House Board of Managers have testified under oath that they have no direct evidence against the attorney general.
A week and a half into the impeachment trial of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the case against the conservative fighter is falling apart in spectacular fashion.
Witness after witness, all called by the House Board of Managers, have testified under oath that they either have no direct evidence against the attorney general or explained that the articles of impeachment were simply untrue.
All this after Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction, chief manager, promised the people of Texas that the trial in the Senate would be the place where the supposed evidence of horrific misdeed would be finally brought to light.
Instead of convincing evidence showing that Paxton abused his office beyond a reasonable doubt, those watching the trial have been met with overwhelming evidence to the contrary. The witnesses closest to Paxton, who had the most opportunity to see wrongdoing, have repeatedly testified under oath that they never saw the general do anything wrong or had no evidence to speak of that proved wrongdoing.
For example, the prosecution called Drew Wicker, Paxton’s former personal assistant. Wicker had previously told investigators that he was worried that an Austin-based businessman had paid for renovations to Paxton’s Austin residence, which forms the basis for impeachment Article 10.
However, Wicker explained on the stand that he had never seen any agreement between the two men and even testified that he had not and would never accuse Paxton of bribery. On cross-examination, the defense provided pictures of Paxton’s home from before the 2020 renovations and from August 2023, which showed Wicker that the renovations he had been concerned about never even took place.
Furthermore, the defense produced invoices and bank statements showing the general had paid for all renovations from his personal accounts.
“Can we agree now, Drew, that your concerns have been put to bed?” the defense lawyer, Tony Buzbee, asked. “Yes, sir,” Wicker confirmed.
A similar sequence happened when the House called a young lawyer named Brandon Cammack to the stand. Paxton had hired Cammack as outside counsel for the Office of the Attorney General to investigate allegations of misconduct by state and federal law enforcement made by Nate Paul.