Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton broke records laws by withholding Jan. 6 texts, prosecutor says
A Texas district attorney said Thursday he would take the state’s attorney general to court if the latter does not turn over his communications relating to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Texas AG Ken Paxton received a letter Thursday from Travis County DA José Garza advising him that he violated state records laws by refusing to release his communications regarding his trip to the pro-Donald Trump rally that s turned into an attempted insurrection. Paxton has four days to “cure the breach” or face legal action, the letter says. “After a thorough review of the complaint, the [DA’s] office determined that Paxton and [his office] violated Chapter 552 of the Texas Government Code,” wrote Jackie Wood, director of the district attorney’s Public Integrity Unit. Five Texas newspapers—the Austin American Statesman, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Houston Chronicle, and San Antonio Express-News— filed a communications complaint against Paxton. The attorney general, who is up for re-election in 2022, has been under investigation for more than five years, facing multiple criminal charges in Texas, an FBI corruption probe and allegations of an extramarital affair. .
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