Updated May 30, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Texas Senate sets date for AG Ken Paxton's impeachment trial

 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton defended his record Friday, May, 26, 2023, a day before the state House is scheduled to take up Articles of Impeachment against him.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during a news conference on Friday. Photo: Eleanor Dearman/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's impeachment trial will start no later than Aug. 28 after the state Senate adopted a resolution on the matter Monday.

Why it matters: The Republican was suspended after the GOP-dominated Texas House voted to impeach him Saturday and if he's found guilty he'd be permanently removed from office following the Senate trial.

What we're watching: To remove Paxton from office would require a two-thirds majority approval in the Senate, which comprises 19 Republicans and 12 Democrats.

  • Republican state Sen. Angela Paxton has yet to publicly comment on her husband's impeachment proceedings or disclose whether she'll recuse herself from proceedings.

The big picture: Paxton and his allies including former President Trump have criticized impeachment proceedings against him that saw a GOP-led committee accuse the Texas attorney general of a "long-standing pattern of abuse of office and public trust."

  • Paxton said after he became the third state official in Texas history to be impeached that the proceedings were "a politically motivated sham."
  • He was impeached in the House after Texas lawmakers filed 20 articles of impeachment against him, including for alleged bribery and abuse of public trust.

Of note: Trump criticized Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) over the weekend for remaining silent on his attorney general's impeachment.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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