Texas AG Ken Paxton hit with FBI subpoena day after filing election lawsuit with Supreme Court

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court claiming four battleground states won by Democrat Joe Biden illegally changed their election guidelines resulting in widespread voter fraud, was the target this week of an FBI subpoena.

The federal subpoena came Wednesday, one day after Paxton filed a lawsuit seeking to delay certification of presidential electors in Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

 

Paxton is under fire for allegations of bribery and abuse of office, although it’s not clear what information the bureau was requesting, according to KVUE.

The ABC affiliate reported that Paxton came under investigation in early October when top aides alleged to the FBI he may be committing crimes that include abuse of office and bribery in his dealings with Austin investor Nate Paul.

While the Republican attorney general denies any wrongdoing, the aides said Paxton took actions that benefitted Paul, to include hiring an outside investigator to look into Paul’s assertion that the FBI violated his constitutional rights during a raid last year.

KVUE noted that while the FBI has not publicly confirmed an investigation, agents have been questioning people who may have information about Paxton’s relationship with Paul.

As for the nature of Paul’s connections with Paxton, the Associated Press reported that Paul contributed $25,000 to the attorney general’s 2018 reelection campaign, and that Paxton recommended a woman for her job with Paul’s company.

The accusers are seven senior lawyers, all of whom have resigned, been put on leave or been fired since reporting Paxton, according to the AP.

In November, four of them filed a state whistleblower lawsuit against Paxton, claiming he got rid of them as retribution.

With many Americans concerned about the possibility of fraud in the 2020 election and asking where is Attorney General Bill Barr, it is impossible to ignore the timing behind the federal subpoena.

Eighteen states have joined the Texas lawsuit filed with the nation’s highest court, and 106 Republican lawmakers signed an amicus brief filed by Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., in support of the legal move.

Johnson said he filed the friend-of-the-court briefing on behalf of Republicans “deeply concerned about the integrity of our election system.”

The media is attacking Paxton over the “audacious” lawsuit, with the Texas Tribune claiming that the move is “helping resuscitate a political career in peril,” saying his “political star looks to be rising, at least on the right.”

The Austin American-Statesman editorial board called it “his most repugnant stunt to date,” saying it “betrays Texans [and] harms democracy.”

The raging left is suggesting Paxton filed his lawsuit in the hopes he may “secure” a pardon from President Trump.

One thing is certain, the FBI’s reputation has taken a beating after the actions that took place under fired director James Comey and his cohorts, where agents abused the FISA warrant process to spy on Trump’s campaign and set up the president’s former national security advisor Mike Flynn.

The online responses to this story show that Americans have little trust in the bureau today… here’s a sampling of those responses from Twitter:

Tom Tillison

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