Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton celebrated his State Senate acquittal with a strong statement where he sent a defiant message to the government of Joe Biden, criticized the failed impeachment against him and thanked his wife for accompanying him throughout the process that began in May.
"Today, the truth prevailed," Paxton said. "The truth could not be buried by mudslinging politicians or their powerful benefactors. I've said many times: Seek the truth! And that is what was accomplished."
My statement on today’s Senate acquittal vote: pic.twitter.com/XZrbfEB5ny
— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) September 16, 2023
The attorney general held nothing back, calling the impeachment a sham that resulted in a burden on Texas taxpayers.
"The sham impeachment coordinated by the Biden Administration with liberal House Speaker Dade Phelan and his kangaroo court has cost taxpayers millions of dollars, disrupted the work of the Office of Attorney General and left a dark and permanent stain on the Texas House," Paxton said. "The weaponization of the impeachment process to settle political differences is not only wrong, it is immoral and corrupt."
Paxton also promised "the Biden Administration the following: buckle up because your lawless policies will not go unchallenged."
"We will not allow you to shred the constitution and infringe on the rights of Texans. You will be held accountable," added the attorney general, who announced an interview with Tucker Carlson next week.
A special message for his wife
The attorney general thanked in his statement the more than four million Texans who voted for him in the midterms, the state senators who acquitted him of all articles of impeachment against him and also his "legal team for exposing the absurdity of these false allegations."
"Most importantly, I want to thank my amazing wife Angela, who I love dearly. She is a brave woman of deep faith, unquestionable integrity, and the light of our entire family," continued the attorney general, who will return to work with immediate effect after overcoming this historic process.
Only twice in history, the last in 1917, had the Texas legislature conducted impeachment proceedings against an elected official. Paxton was the first to overcome it without consequences.
His wife, Senator Angela Paxton, was one of the figures in the case, as she recused herself for conflict of interest, but attended the entire process. The image he gave was decisive, since part of the accusations against Paxton, which included bribes and abuse of power, were due to the fact that he had allegedly accepted gifts for a woman with whom he allegedly had an extramarital relationship.