All of the seven employees who accused Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton of criminal behavior have now left the agency.

Earlier this month, seven of Paxton’s top aides signed their names to a letter to the AG office’s director of human resources, accusing Paxton of “violating federal and/or state law including prohibitions related to improper influence, abuse of office, bribery and other potential criminal offenses.”

Paxton essentially pointed the finger back at all seven of his deputies, claiming their letter was sent in order to obstruct an investigation into public employees, including employees in the AG’s office.

The letter became public shortly after Jeff Mateer resigned abruptly as the first assistant attorney general, leaving to rejoin First Liberty Institute, a religious liberty advocacy group, as general counsel.

Since then, the other six employees who signed their name to the letter have either resigned, been put on leave, or been terminated.

Jeffrey Mateer First Assistant Attorney General  Resigned
James Brickman Deputy Attorney General for Policy & Strategy Initiatives Terminated
Darren McCarty Deputy Attorney General for Civil Litigation Resigned
Ryan Vassar Deputy Attorney General for Legal Counsel Placed on Leave
Ryan Bangert Deputy First Assistant Attorney General Resigned
Lacey Mase Deputy Attorney General for Administration Terminated
J. Mark Penley Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice Placed on Leave

Read more about the Paxton allegations here.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens