In his first interview since his acquittal Saturday in what he called a “sham impeachment” trial, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) told Tucker Carlson that the Biden regime orchestrated the effort to remove him with the help of the Lone Star State’s “controlled” Republican House Speaker Dade Phelan.
“So you think that the effort to remove you from office really came from the Biden administration?” Carlson asked Paxton.
“I really do,” Paxton replied, adding that he thinks “that’s where it was instigated.”
Paxton said the Biden Justice Department likely went to Democrats with their impeachment scheme and the Democrats told Republican Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan they wanted him out. He alleged that Phelan is basically “controlled by the Democrats” and had to “deliver” what they wanted to stay in power.
“I don’t think he particularly has an ideology. He’s like, ‘I want to stay in power. I’ve cut this deal to be Speaker with Democrats,’” Paxton explained.
The attorney general told Carlson that in Texas, Democrats have the power to choose the Republican Speaker of the House.
“There are 150 members of the Texas House, and 65 of them are Democrats, and those Democrats always vote in block,” he explained. “They pick the Republican they want [for Speaker], and they deliver those 65 votes,” he added, pointing out that the Republican then only needs ten Republican votes to become Speaker, which is not hard to do.
“So whoever gives those Democrats the most, whoever agrees with them the most, gets elected,” he said.
Paxton told Carlson that this has been the sad state of affairs in the Texas House for the past 14 to 16 years.
The attorney general said the Texas House started investigating him secretly in March and he wasn’t aware of it until they released their findings in May.
The committee concluded that Paxton “had likely broken numerous state laws, misspent office funds and misused his power to benefit Paul, his friend and political donor,” the Texas Tribune reported.
Hours before the impeachment hearing, Paxton accused Phelan of presiding over the chamber while drunk and demanded he resign.
The articles of impeachment received the two-thirds votes required to convict and Paxton was suspended from his post.
The articles included allegations that Paxton hired an outside counsel who helped Paul investigate his enemies in business and law enforcement, pressured employees to issue a rushed legal opinion that helped Paul delay foreclosure sales of several properties, and intervened to Paul’s benefit in a lawsuit between a charity and the investor—all while prioritizing Paul’s case over more pressing state issues.
“Mr. Paxton turned the keys of the office of attorney general over to Nate Paul,” impeachment manager Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction, said on the first day of the trial on Sept. 5.
Paxton told Carlson that he knew of one lawmaker who didn’t even know the AG was the subject of the investigation until the impeachment vote and that he was pressured to vote or face career repercussions.
Paxton added that he was impeached without being given an opportunity to present his side and without any sworn testimony, which, he noted, was “required by law.”
“No one was sworn in,” he told Carlson. “They had investigators who had talked to witnesses, which is obviously hearsay and wrong.”
Paxton said the ensuing loss of his AG position was “awful” because it meant the cessation of ongoing litigation against the Biden regime.
During the course of the two-week trial before the Texas Senate, the witnesses’ stories fell apart under cross-examination by Paxton’s excellent legal team.
On Saturday, Paxton was acquitted by a jury of state senators on all 16 articles of impeachment he faced.
After the vote, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick blasted the impeachment effort and announced he would be auditing the Texas House’s attempt to impeach Paxton.
In a statement after the verdict, the attorney general slammed the “sham impeachment” and “the weaponization of the impeachment process to settle political differences.”
Phelan stood by the effort, saying in a statement following the verdict that it’s “unfortunate” the impeachment process resulted in returning to the Texas AG’s office "to an individual who, I believe, clearly abused his power, compromised his agency and its employees, and moved mountains to protect and benefit himself.”