TEXAS: AG Ken Paxton Faces New Bribery Probe

The Dallas Morning News reports:

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is being investigated under bribery and corrupt influence laws for accepting a six-figure gift from an individual who was under investigation by the state for fraud, the district attorney leading the probe confirmed Thursday.

In July 2016, Austin-based medical device company Preferred Imaging, LLC agreed to pay a $3.5 million settlement after a multi-year Medicaid and Medicare fraud investigation. The year before, Preferred Imaging’s CEO James Webb had given $100,000 to help Paxton fight criminal fraud charges the attorney general has been battling since July 2015.

On Thursday, Kaufman County District Attorney Erleigh Wiley confirmed to The Dallas Morning News that she has been investigating whether Paxton broke state laws that put limits on gifts public servants can receive from people “subject to (their) jurisdiction” in connection to the Webb donation.

The Houston Chronicle reports:

State officials are broadening their investigation of Attorney General Ken Paxton by looking into his $500,000 legal defense fund, a special prosecutor said Wednesday.

The investigation raises questions about whether state officials have made new findings, or are considering bringing additional charges against the Republican who has accepted money from people he describes as family friends to fuel his legal defense.

“Some of that money collected is part of another investigation,” Kent Schaffer, one of three special prosecutors building a case against Paxton, told Judge Robert Johnson in open court during a hearing to delay the trial.

A probe into the embattled first-term Republican’s legal defense fund is the newest development in the more than two-year old case against Paxton, who is accused of securities fraud and failing to register with the state as an investment adviser. Paxton is expected to face trial in 2018.

  • Rex

    O/T Congressman “do as I say, not as I do” Tim Murphy will resign October 21.

    • David Walker

      Tee-hee giggle-giggle and oh frabjous day!

  • JCF

    Drain the Swamp, y’all!

  • TexasBoy

    Nothing will come of this. Paxton is Texas’ Best Christian and all the Evangelicals will hush it up.

    • Repeat after me: IOIYAR!

    • Tatonka

      He’s got an (R) after his name. That’s really the only qualification for statewide election in Texas.

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    • TCinBerkeley

      I bet Dan Patrick is going to be upset that he is not Texas’ Best Christian.

      I suggest they duel over it. Hand grenades at 50 paces, pull the pin and count to 20.

    • gothambear

      or trump will pardon him

    • Statistics Palin

      They always do. The two Louisiana parishes with the highest concentration of Scots-Irish are both rural but have the highest rate of unsolved murder. Jury nullification in murder cases is also extremely common in those two parishes. They are also the only parishes that don’t have metal detectors for their courtrooms.

  • Ninja0980

    Party of Law and Order my butt.

  • Tawreos

    Is it really illegal when you are accepting bribes for Jesus? Probably not in Texas.

  • Silver Badger

    What’s the point? He is a Republican AG in a Republican state. Laws are for the little people.

    • David Walker

      And Democrats.

  • Gustav2

    Who do he think he is? A Trump?

  • crewman

    This kind of corruption is abhorrent, whether it’s in the Democratic or Republican Party. I hope Republicans help clean up their own trash just like Democrats have to when it happens in our own ranks.

    • rednekokie

      Hope springs eternal. I’ve never seen a republican clean up anything. They always hire Mexicans to do that.

  • Ken M

    They should just Fuck him with what they have and continue the investigation to the new charges while his ass in jail.

  • bambinoitaliano

    People of Texas, Hurricane Nate is watching.

    • Tatonka

      I’m 100% sure that all of the Texans on this site voted against Paxton. That said, I hereby volunteer to violate various passages of Leviticus with friendly, attractive bears in Alabama or Mississippi if it will help draw draw the storm to a more appropriate venue.

      • Paula


      • Robincho

        That’s my Tatonka, always the giver…

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    There is no spoon.

    • Tempus Fuggit

      There are four lights!

  • Ron

    Here’s to hoping they nail his hide to the barn door.
    They won’t but I’m still hoping.

    • Mikey

      if the barn were burning it would be an added bonus.

  • Bluto

    don’t bother. nothing will come of it.

  • The_Wretched

    He’s still the head law enforcement in TX…let that sink in.

    • leastyebejudged

      And we ELECT people to THAT position.

      Let THAT sink-in !

      • The_Wretched

        I’m not convinced we have a democracy though. It only looks like one.

  • tonye

    As a Texan, I will tell you that Paxton is a total scumbag. Shouldn’t he be in jail by now?

    • David Walker

      Not with all those (credit) cards and letters (with checks) a-comin’ in. What’s crazy about this is that he’ll have enough money in his slush fund to pay-off the judges hearing his case…should money be necessary.

  • Paula

    I really hate this toad.

  • yes b’y
    • leastyebejudged

      lol, I feel old.

    • KevInPDX

      Mr. Haney!

  • Tomcat

    Taking bribes is only for Governors and Presidents, both republican.

  • Prost Seattle

    Why do al the Republicans get probed?

    • David Walker

      Just lucky, I guess.

    • leastyebejudged

      No wonder the aliens avoid us !

  • leastyebejudged

    Elected AG’s seems like a bit of and idiotic way to do things particularly when people keep electing criminals…

  • Jefe5084

    They have some stellar politicians down there. Their attorneys general are particularly awesome.

    • kareemachan

      Can’t argue with you

  • kareemachan

    Quelle supris.

  • JAKvirginia
    • kareemachan

      It should be “Texas is fucked up enough”.

      • JAKvirginia

        Profanity is not always required to make a point.

  • Richard, another Canuck

    A half million dollar defense fund for an Attorney General….just how crooked are they in Texas, let alone Washington.

    • leastyebejudged

      And the sad thing is that THAT is absolutely trivial compared to his other antics !

  • TampaZeke

    Looks like Popeye. Acts like Brutus. Talks like Olive Oyl.

  • netxtown

    so $110k of (my) medicare taxes went to this skanky bastard? And don’t think Abbott isn’t part of his daily planning to garner their ‘power’. Both are frauds. Both are crooks.

  • clay

    Still “earning” more than Florida’s Pam Biondi.

  • LovesIrony

    Why hasn’t he been tried for his years old indictment yet. The whole justice system is currupt

  • JT

    The new GOP slogan: Bribes are us!

  • kareemachan

    Quelle surprise.

    • Karl Dubhe

      Le shock. Le horror. Le biere.

  • SoCalGal20

    I guess this is why his trial was suddenly delayed.

    Also RICO!

    • TrollopeReader

      i think he’s been “judge” shopping for the delays …. but he is a nasty person … (well, so are Abbott and Lt. Gov. Patrick, too ….)

  • RJ Bone

    Can we please just disassemble these politicians. I mean just legally wreck them to the point where they use all of their assets on defense or fines or something? Right down to sub, sub poverty level.

    And then give them access to Texas.. bene…fits OMGROFL! Ahem, sorry, I just imagined Rick Perry standing at the back of three block long line into the local food pantry.

  • Rick Hammond

    Well I say we hire a couple a rustlers to go up to the state house and beat the shit out of him.

  • DonnaLee

    He got caught. I’m sure there are 100 more bribery charges that should have happened this past 10 years in TX.