During an interview with Chis Salcedo on The Salcedo Storm, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton blasted the Texas House, saying legislators have “no respect for the law.”
Paxton was asked about the apparent doxxing that took place on behalf of the House Impeachment Managers. Salcedo asked if Paxton thought the Senate members had anything to do with it. Paxton replied, “I’d be surprised if the Senate would go to that level.”
“My understanding is they just released a lot of information…it was on their [House managers] website,” explained Paxton. “So the House managers put it out there. I didn’t see any documentation that any senator had been participating in releasing the information.”
“The House, I watched them violate every state law that was in front of them. They have no respect for law, and they have no respect for my family’s privacy and our safety,” he added.
Earlier this month, Texas Scorecard reported on the House Board of Impeachment Managers releasing a batch of documents to the public—including documents revealing the Paxton family’s personal address.
A week after the incident took place, Paxton filed a criminal complaint against the House Impeachment Board of Managers:
Chair Andrew Murr (R–Junction)
Vice Chair Ann Johnson (D–Houston)
Charlie Geren (R–Fort Worth)
Joe Moody (D–El Paso)
Jeff Leach (R–Plano)
Terry Canales (D–Edinburg)
Oscar Longoria (D–Mission)
Morgan Meyer (R–Dallas)
Briscoe Cain (R–Deer Park)
Cody Vasut (R–Angleton)
David Spiller (R–Jacksboro)
Erin Gamez (D–Brownsville)
Paxton criticized the members, calling them “bad losers.”
“They ran a sham impeachment process which was done secretly with the purpose of basically forcing me out without letting the public know what the actual charges were or who the witnesses were… they thought I would quit,” said Paxton. “They’re just really bad losers and they’re continuing to attack me. So they decided to go ahead and release all this information, which serves no purpose.”
Paxton noted that he receives death threats regularly, which is why he chose to file a criminal complaint.
However, after filing the complaint, the manager’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, threatened Paxton with criminal action for asking for an investigation into the doxxing.
In the aftermath of the impeachment trial, Paxton has gotten involved with Republican races against current House members, including endorsing David Covey, who is challenging House Speaker Dade Phelan (Beaumont); Wes Virdell, who is challenging State Rep. Andrew Murr (Junction); Andy Hopper, who is challenging State Rep. Lynn Stucky (Sanger); Mike Olcott, who is challenging State Rep. Glenn Rogers (Graford); John Perez, who is challenging State Rep. Mano DeAyala (Houston); and Matt Morgan, who is challenging State Rep. Jacey Jetton (Richmond).
In Collin County, Paxton also endorsed four candidates: Abraham George to challenge three-term State Rep. Candy Noble (R–Lucas), Chuck Branch to challenge State Rep. Frederick Frazier (R-McKinney), Daren Meis to challenge House impeachment manager and State Rep. Jeff Leach (R-Allen), and Wayne Richard to challenge State Rep. Matt Shaheen (R-Plano).
“It was unfortunate that the House decided to try and take away the voters’ right to vote on the Attorney General race. But it also now has made it very clear where we’re at and that if we don’t do something about this now, we’re not going to have the ability to protect against voter fraud. We’re not going to have the ability to protect our borders,” said Paxton. “My impeachment has shown sort of the incredible problem in the Texas House. And if we don’t address them, we’re going to lose the state.”