A number of conservative attorneys general across the country are facing allegations of illegal behavior, including criminal charges, leading to questions regarding their ability to serve as their states’ top law enforcement officials

Washington, D.C. — Several conservative attorneys general across the country have found themselves to be accused of illegal behavior, including South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry. In response to this troubling trend, government watchdog Accountable.US released the following statement: 

“Serving as a state’s top law enforcement official comes with incredible responsibility and power that can impact people’s lives — power that should not remain in the hands of those who have shown terrible personal judgement or think they are above the law,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “Whether it’s pay-to-play politics, bribery, or deadly distracted driving, these attorneys general are facing serious allegations and can no longer be trusted to exercise good judgment when it comes to protecting the public. They should resign.” 

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg is facing criminal charges related to killing a man while driving “distracted” on his cell phone after a late-night Republican fundraiser. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is preparing to stand trial for felony fraud nearly six years after charges were filed, spending his entire reign as Texas’ attorney general under criminal investigation. Paxton is accused of persuading investors to buy stock in a company that would financially benefit him, and if convicted, he faces up to 99 years in prison. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry recently disclosed his role as a paid board member for an oil services company run by one of his top political donors, potentially breaking a state law that instructs the attorney general to devote “his full time” to the attorney general’s office and bars him from doing any outside legal work

When they aren’t tending to personal legal troubles, these attorneys general are busy filing one frivolous lawsuit after another against the Biden administration to prevent progress on issues like addressing climate change and rebuilding the economy in the wake of COVID-19. Many of these AGs made a name for themselves by perpetuating Trump’s Big Lie about widespread election fraud without providing any evidence, and have ties to the Rule of Law Defense Fund — the fundraising arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association and one of the key organizations behind the “Stop the Steal” rally that led to the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. 

Read more about the allegations these embattled AGs are facing below: 

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