In a bombshell admission towards the close of the third day of the Senate’s impeachment trial of Attorney General Ken Paxton, a former employee admitted he reported his former boss to the FBI with no evidence.
The revelation came as Ryan Vassar, the former deputy attorney general for legal counsel, was being cross-examined by Paxton’s legal team.
“Let me get this straight, you went to the FBI and reported him for potential crimes without any evidence, do I have that correct?” attorney Mitch Little asked Vassar.
“We went to the FBI and reported our belief that criminal activity had occurred,” Vassar obfuscated.
“That’s not my question,” Little clarified.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who is presiding over the Senate’s trial, directed Vassar to answer the question directly.
“That’s right, we took no evidence,” Vassar conceded.
Little then read through several of the 20 impeachment charges levied against Paxton, with Vassar testifying that he did not believe he violated them.
Many of the impeachment charges were spurred by a group of employees of the Office of the Attorney General that reported Ken Paxton to the FBI in 2020 due to what they said was illegal and unethical abuse of office.
The Senate closed their session shortly before 7 p.m. Cross-examination of Vassar will continue on Friday morning at 9 a.m.