Texas' Paxton Acquitted in Historic Impeachment Trial
Twenty-one votes were required for conviction
After a historic 10-day trial, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was acquitted Saturday by the state Senate on 16 charges of bribery, unfitness for office and abuse of office. He was immediatelyreinstated, ending a suspension that began in May with his impeachment by the state House.
The verdict could propel the conservative Republican’s political future at home and potentially on the national stage.
Senators had deliberated in private for more than eight hours before returning to the chamber to individually declare their decision in public on a form and then by voice. The process took about an hour and a half,a nearly full gallery looking on as the “yay” and “nay” votes were sounded over and over. Many resulted in the same 14-16 margin, with only two Republicans siding with the dozen Democrats; 21 votes were required for conviction.
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