Texas senators acquit Attorney General Ken Paxton in impeachment trial

The Bench: Ken Paxton (KPRC 2/ Click2Houston.com)

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.

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