Paxton’s case had beeen hold after he was indicted for securities fraud….
The case was handled by the Texas US Attorney’s Office…..
Republican Paxton has been all over the media supporting his Governor’s policy moves and dropping cases againstr the B iden admin…..
Paxton just settled a state case for $3.3 Million involving HIS STAFF reporting him for criminal activity….
The Fed’s have mixed record’s on criminal cases against lawmakers….
Which probably why AG Garland and Special Councel Jack Smith are taking their time dottin g their i’s and crossing their t’s….
Justice Department officials in Washington have taken over the corruption investigation into Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, removing the case from the hands of the federal prosecutors in Texas who’d long been leading the probe.
The move was disclosed in a statement by state prosecutors handling their own case against Paxton. It’s the latest development in the federal investigation into the attorney general, who came under FBI scrutiny in 2020 after his own top deputies accused him of bribery and abusing his office to help one of his campaign contributors, who also employed a woman with whom Paxton acknowledged having had an extramarital affair.
The investigation of the three-term Republican is now being led by the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section, which prosecutes allegations of official misconduct against elected leaders at the local, state and federal level. The U.S. attorney’s office in Texas was recently recused from the complex case after working on it for years — an abrupt change that came within days of Paxton agreeing to apologize and pay $3.3 million in taxpayer money to four of the former staffers who reported him to the FBI.
Over those years, Paxton has seen little political cost from the the federal investigation and the separate 2015 securities fraud indictment for which he has yet to face trial. He easily defeated challenger George P. Bush in a contested GOP primary last spring, went on to decisively beat his Democratic opponent and secure a third term in November and has filed a steady stream of legal challenges to the administration of Democratic President Joe Biden. The Public Integrity Section has brought a series of high-profile prosecutions in the last decades. One of its former chiefs, Jack Smith, is now serving as the Justice Department special counsel overseeing investigations of former President Donald Trump’s retention of classified documents as well as efforts by Trump and his allies to undo the results of the 2020 election.
Although the unit has secured major convictions, it has also endured notable setbacks….
image….Dallas Morning News
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