Trump Releases Statement on Paxton’s Acquital

( – Former US President and presidential candidate Donald Trump claimed credit for the acquittal of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on September 18. On his Truth Social account, the Republican leader published a statement where he said that his sporadic defense for Paxton on social media played a crucial role in thwarting his impeachment trial.

In the statement, Trump said that his “intervention” through the Truth Social platform “saved” Paxton from falling into the hands of Democrats and some Republicans who wanted to end his political career. The former commander-in-chief added that the people who were heading these Republicans were former White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove and former House Speaker Paul Ryan. Trump also noted they came “back to reason” after being confronted with the facts he repeatedly showed.

According to different reports, while none of these Republican leaders had an official role in the impeachment process against Paxton, Rove wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal prophesying his demise. The Attorney General was impeached over numerous allegations that he illegally used his office to help Texas real estate investor Nate Paul, and received some “personal favors” in return. The Texas House voted to impeach him back in May, with the trial officially ending on September 16 with acquittal on the 16 charges brought against him.

The former president celebrated this verdict as soon as it was published and praised Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who presided over the Texas Senate trial. Trump also called for the immediate removal of Texas GOP House Speaker Dade Phelan for supporting Paxton’s impeachment. He then claimed that the charges brought against the Texas attorney general were another example of “political persecution.”

Since he became president, Paxton has been one of Trump’s main allies in the so-called Lone Star State. The attorney general even led a lawsuit in 2020 to officially challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election, where Trump lost against then-Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

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