The Texas Senate acquitted Paxton of the impeachment charges brought against him.
Day nine of the impeachment trial, which Paxton attended, saw the closing arguments from each side in the impeachment.
As reported by The Texan, Rep. Andrew Murr (R-Junction) gave a ten minute argument where he claimed that Paxton handed over the power of the attorney general's office to "a private citizen to be used to attack their perceived enemies."
He also argued that Paxton should have listened to senior staffers, who Murr called the "best and the brightest," when he was advised to not help real estate developer Nate Paul.
In rebuttal to Murr's closing statement, attorneys Tony Buzbee and Dan Cogdell came to Paxton's defense. Buzbee argued that the impeachment is being pushed by the Bushes in retaliation of Paxton's defeat over George P. Bush in the 2022 primary for attorney general.
Additionally, Buzbee argued that a $25,000 campaign contribution to Paxton made in 2018 cannot be a bribe given that occurred two years prior to Paxton's actions.
The defense also claims that Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) “got his feelings hurt” after Paxton called for his impeachment following footage that went viral showing Phelan allegedly drunk while presiding over the House.
Lastly, Buzbee explained that accusations that Paul paid for home renovations in exchange for the attorney general's assistance are unfounded and based on mininterpreted rumors.
This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.
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