WaPo: “The State Bar of Texas will reconsider whether Paxton made false or misleading statements to a court or filed a frivolous lawsuit when he contested the election results of four other states, claiming that President Donald Trump lost because of fraud”

Washington, D.C. – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is under investigation by the state’s bar association for his attempt to overturn the 2020 general election in favor of former President Trump in key states where President Biden was victorious, the Washington Post reports. Paxton’s effort ultimately failed.

“Attorney General Paxton keeps finding himself at the center of a new scandal, each one proving he’s unwilling to put the people of Texas over his political allies and agenda,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “Paxton tried to overturn a democratically-held election and failed to provide a shred of evidence for the widespread voter fraud he baselessly alleged. Every day Paxton remains in office puts our democracy at risk. This investigation is a step in the right direction towards accountability and proves he’s not as untouchable as he thinks.”  

The complaint that led to this investigation puts Paxton’s ability to serve the people of Texas into question. If his claims of election fraud are found to be false or misleading, Paxton could face suspension or disbarment. This comes on the heels of several prickly personal legal battles Paxton is facing, including for felony fraud charges and bribery.  

KEY POINTS FROM WASHINGTON POST’S REPORTING

The Texas bar association is investigating state Attorney General Ken Paxton to determine whether he committed professional misconduct in his failed effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

The State Bar of Texas will reconsider whether Paxton made false or misleading statements to a court or filed a frivolous lawsuit when he contested the election results of four other states, claiming that President Donald Trump lost because of fraud, according to documents provided to The Washington Post. The regulatory agency initially dismissed the grievance but was ordered by an appeals board last month to look into the accusations, records show. Paxton could be cleared or face penalties, including suspension or disbarment.