AUSTIN, Texas – Texas senators reached a not guilty verdict on Saturday regarding Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s impeachment trial.
See how jurors voted below:
Article I - Disregard of Official Duty - Protection of Charitable Organization – Not guilty
Article II -Disregard of Official Duty – Abuse of the Opinion Process - Not guilty
Article III - Disregard of Official Duty – Abuse of the Open Records Process - Not guilty
Article IV - Disregard of Official Duty – Misuse of Official Information – Not guilty
Article V -Disregard of Official Duty – Engagement of Cammack - Not guilty
Article VI - Disregard of Official Duty – Termination of Whistleblowers - Not guilty
Article VII - Misapplication of Public Resources – Whistleblower Investigation and Report - Not guilty
Article VIII - Disregard of Official Duty – Settlement Agreement - Not guilty
Article IX - Constitutional Bribery – Paul’s Employment of Mistress - Not guilty
Article X - Constitutional Bribery – Paul’s Providing Renovations to Paxton Home - Not guilty
Article XV - False Statements in Official Records – Whistleblower Response Report - Not guilty
Article XVI - Conspiracy and Attempted Conspiracy - Not guilty
Article XVII - Misappropriation of Public Resources - Not guilty
Article XVIII - Dereliction of Duty - Not guilty
Article XIX - Unfitness for Office - Not guilty
Article XX - Abuse of Public Trust - Not guilty
The Texas Senate deliberated until 8 p.m. Friday and the process ended on Saturday.
Paxton faced 16 articles of impeachment that accused him of misusing the powers of the attorney general’s office to help his friend and donor Nate Paul, an Austin real estate investor who was under federal investigation.
Paxton pleaded not guilty to all impeachment articles on the trial’s first day, which started Tuesday, Sept. 5. During the first week, whistleblowers who reported Paxton to the FBI for criminal activity, testified that he was “obsessed” with helping his friend Paul.
Both sides were given 27 hours to present their cases and arguments.
Who makes up the jury pool? The Texas Senators
The Texas Senate is composed of 31 members who represent 31 separate geographical districts in the state: 31 senators: 12 Democrats and 19 Republicans. With Sen. Paxton unable to vote, there was 30 voting senators. A two-thirds majority of the chamber — or 21 of the 31 senators — was required to vote against Paxton to secure a conviction.