Texas Senate sets date for AG Ken Paxton's impeachment trial
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.
Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.