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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will not testify at his own impeachment trial, which centers on his relationship with real estate developer Nate Paul, a friend and political donor.

According to a report in TheHill.com, Paxton’s trial begins Sept. 5 within the Texas State Senate. The Texas Republican faces more than 20 counts of misconduct, including accusations of bribery and abuse of power, and he could be removed from office if found guilty; he is currently suspended from office.

“They had the opportunity to have Attorney General Paxton testify during their sham investigation but refused to do so,” said Paxton’s attorney Tony Buzbee in a statement. “We will not bow to their evil, illegal, and unprecedented weaponization of state power in the Senate chamber.”

Paul has been under federal investigation since 2019 when FBI agents searched his home and offices in Austin. The following year, eight members of Paxton’s office approached the FBI with allegations that Paxton abused his authority to help Paul in his dealings with federal investigators. Paul was arrested last month by the FBI.

Photo of Ken Paxton by Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons

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