AP Explains: The FBI is investigating Texas AG Ken Paxton
DALLAS – The FBI recently opened a criminal investigation into claims that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton abused his office to benefit a wealthy donor. Paxton, a 57-year-old lawyer, was a Texas legislator before he became the state attorney general in 2015. Seven senior lawyers in Paxton's office reported him to the FBI in late September, accusing him of abusing his office, bribery and other crimes. In another request for a criminal investigation that reached Paxton's office, Paul claimed businessmen and another judge were conspiring to steal $200 million worth of his properties. But the latter is rare in Texas and the attorney general has a defender in his wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton.
AP sources: Texas AG's affair tied to criminal allegations
During his Monday deposition, Paul explicitly denied employing the former senate aide as a favor to Paxton. The woman is named in a transcript of Paul’s deposition and both people who said Paxton told them of the affair independently identified her by name. During the deposition, Paul said the former Senate aide applied for a posted job and now works for him as a project manager. A lawyer asked the developer whether Paxton recommended the woman. He did not address why Paxton recommended the woman, who left a job with the senator's office on the last day of 2019.
Developer tied to Texas AG accused judge, others of fraud
The developer accuses 11 people of an intricate fraud that was allegedly set to include the judge and another court-appointed official facilitating a “rigged auction." The signed, 10-page “request to investigate" is one of two from Paul that were referred to Paxton’s office, setting off the remarkable revolt by the Republican’s staff. Paul’s complaint is largely based on things he says he heard second-hand. The second was sent to Cammack because he was already looking into Paul's allegations and it dealt with a federal judge, Moore told AP. Moore said she personally reviewed Paul’s claims only after the allegations by Paxton’s staff became public.
Texas AG taps investigator tied to donor's defense attorney
DALLAS – When Texas’ attorney general needed someone to probe a claim by one of his wealthy political donors alleging crimes by the FBI, he turned to a junior Houston lawyer with no prosecutorial experience, a modest criminal defense practice and ties to the donor’s defense attorney. Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton said his own staff had been working to “impede the investigation” into real estate developer Nate Paul's allegations against federal law enforcement. And social media posts show Cammack and Paul’s defense attorney, Michael Wynne, are connected on Facebook and are both part of a Houston civics organization. Paxton’s choice of outside counsel raises further questions about a decision that has deepened political, and possibly legal, trouble for the attorney general. Michael Wynne, Paul's attorney and a former federal prosecutor, is the chair of the Houston Bar Association’s criminal law and procedure section, and Cammack was elected to serve in that role next.