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WATCH: Texas Senators vote on Ken Paxton impeachment articles

Paxton faces 16 articles of impeachment and is accused of misusing his office to help a friend and donor who was under federal investigation. Senators will begin deciding his fate at 10:30 a.m.
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Posted at 10:42 AM, Sep 16, 2023

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Texas Senators are voting on impeached Attorney General Ken Paxton's fate. They deliberated on 16 articles of impeachment for more than seven hours Friday. Paxton is accused of misusing the powers of the attorney general’s office to help his friend and donor Nate Paul, an Austin real estate investor who was under federal investigation.

The House impeachment managers insisted that they proved their claims of bribery and corruption, arguing that the jury of 30 senators had no choice but to convict. Paxton’s defense team said the case was full of holes, circumstantial evidence and misdirection.

If 21 of 30 eligible senators convict Paxton on any of the 16 articles of impeachment, he is automatically removed from office and there will be a subsequent vote on whether to permanently bar him from seeking state office. Sen. Angela Paxton, the attorney general’s wife, was prohibited from participating in deliberations or voting.

Here are the articles they will vote on. Outcomes will be updated as the votes occur.

  • Article 1, disregard of official duty: Acquitted
  • Article 2, disregard of official duty: Acquitted
  • Article 3, disregard of official duty: Acquitted
  • Article 4, disregard of official duty: Acquitted
  • Article 5, disregard of official duty: Acquitted
  • Article 6, disregard of official duty: Acquitted
  • Article 7, misapplication of public resources: Acquitted
  • Article 8, disregard of official duty: Acquitted
  • Article 9, constitutional bribery: Acquitted
  • Article 10, constitutional bribery: Acquitted
  • Article 15, false statements in official records: Acquitted
  • Article 16, conspiracy and attempted conspiracy: Acquitted
  • Article 17, misappropriation of public resources: Acquitted
  • Article 18, dereliction of duty: Acquitted
  • Article 19, unfitness for office: Acquitted
  • Article 20, abuse of public trust: Acquitted

Ken Paxton not present for verdict

Suspended attorney general Ken Paxtonwas not present in the Senate chamber as the senators have filed in to vote on the articles of impeachment in his trial.

Paxton was present Friday for closing arguments and on the first day of the trial while his lawyer pleaded not guilty on his behalf.

Kate McGee

Impeachment vote imminent as Senate finishes deliberations

Senators have completed private deliberations on the 16 articles of impeachment against suspended attorney general Ken Paxton after more than eight hours of deliberations.

A series of votes on each article was expected to begin at 10:30 a.m., according to the Texas Senate website. But it was delayed until 11:10 a.m.

Support from at least 21 senators on any article would lead to Paxton’s conviction and removal from office.

Paxton was present Friday morning for closing arguments, the first time he attended the trial since it opened Sept. 5, when his lawyer pleaded not guilty on his behalf. It’s unclear if he will return for the votes.

Kate McGee

Deliberations resume in Paxton impeachment trial

Senators are returning to the Capitol on Saturday morning to resume deliberations in the impeachment trial of suspended Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who is presiding over the trial, told senators to deliberate between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, or until they’ve reached a verdict. If they do not reach a verdict on Saturday, senators are required to return Sunday at noon. Patrick said he would consider sequestering the senators at the Capitol if they do not reach a verdict by 8 p.m. Sunday.

Once a verdict is reached, Patrick said they will give a 30-minute notice before starting a vote on the Senate floor on whether to convict or acquit on 16 articles of impeachment.

Kate McGee

Senators ended first day of deliberations without a verdict

Senators left the Capitol late Saturday after more than six hours of deliberating in the impeachment trial of suspended Attorney General Ken Paxton without reaching a final verdict.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick had told senators this afternoon to deliberate until at least 8 p.m. They are expected to return Saturday at 9 a.m. to continue deliberations.

Kate McGee


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