Seven high level employees of Texas’ Attorney General’s office have sent a letter to federal law enforcement agencies asking for an investigation of their boss, Republican Ken Paxton. This is according to the Statesman News Network in Austin, Texas.
“We have a good faith belief that the attorney general is violating federal and/or state law including prohibitions related to improper influence, abuse of office, bribery and other potential criminal offenses,” the letter states.
Their decisions to report possible illegal activity involving their employer represents a stunning development in an agency that prizes loyalty, particularly from within Paxton’s inner circle. It places a renewed spotlight on Paxton, who is already under indictment for alleged securities fraud.
Paxton was first elected Texas Attorney General in 2014. He was re-elected in 2018, winning by a 3.6% margin against Democrat Justin Nelson after the securities case became public. All the statewide offices were swept by Republicans, but Paxton’s win was the closest race.