‘Sham Impeachment:’ Texas GOP and Trump allies tried to impeach AG Ken Paxton
Texas State Legislature Speaker Rep. Dade Phelan (R) is leading an effort to remove Attorney General Ken Paxton, an ally of Donald Trump and one of Big Business censorship’s staunchest foes Tech.
Nominally a Republican, Rep. Phelan has nominated more than a dozen Democrats to chair committees in the Texas Legislature, though the GOP holds a supermajority in the chamber.
Phelan is a state representative for Texas’ 21st District, which covers most of Jefferson and all of Orange and Jasper counties in the southeast corner of the state.
Former President Donald Trump has called Phelan in the past on a number of issues. Calling the speaker “another Mitch McConnell,” Trump called out the Texas politician for siding with Democrats to reduce penalties for illegal voting.
Now Phelan is going after Ken Paxton, one of Trump’s biggest allies in the Lone Star State, leading to condemnation from the Texas GOP.
The statement, signed by Texas Republican Party Chairman Matt Rinaldi, criticized the speaker for his kindness to Democrats and his questioning of old allegations against Paxton – allegations that even the Justice Department of the Biden administration has yet to press charges.
“Speaker Dade Phelan and his leadership team have appointed Democrats to high-level leadership positions, attacked the Texas Republican Party, fought our conservative Lt. Governor, and killed Governor Abbott’s top priorities,” Rinaldi wrote.
“The impeachment proceedings against the Attorney General are just the latest front in the Texas House’s war against Republicans to stop the conservative leadership of our state.”
Statement on the President’s Paxton impeachment proceedings @MattRinaldiTX#txlege pic.twitter.com/jePm4Z9WS3
— Texas GOP (@Texas GOP) May 26, 2023
“This bogus impeachment is the result of Phelan’s leadership team empowering Democrats, allowing them to hold leadership positions and allowing them to control the agenda,” the statement continued.
“It is based on allegations already litigated by voters, led by a liberal president trying to undermine his conservative opponents, and investigated by lawyers linked to a Democrat on the House General Investigations Committee. Voters have supported General Paxton through three elections – and his popularity has only grown despite the millions of dollars spent trying to defeat him. Now the Texas House is trying to overturn the election results.
As Attorney General, Paxton has proven to be one of the most effective enemies of Big Tech censorship. He is leading one of the largest multi-state antitrust lawsuits against Google for its advertising dominance, as well as a lawsuit against the same tech company for collecting biometric data.
Paxton also recently launched an investigation into pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna, investigating claims that the companies misrepresented the safety and effectiveness of their coronavirus vaccines.
In his campaign against the attorney general, Phelan and his allies in the Texas state legislature allege a long list of prior improprieties, including allegations of corruption. But those allegations were widely publicized to voters ahead of the 2022 election for attorney general, which Paxton comfortably won.
The Biden administration’s Justice Department is, at this time, unwilling to charge Paxton with any crime — but the Republican speaker of the Texas House is prepared to recommend impeachment.
On social media, conservative influencers criticized Phelan’s efforts to bring down Paxton and called on Texas voters to contact their representatives.
“Big Tech bribed Texas Republicans to take down their critic AG Paxton. Tomorrow, the Texas House will vote to impeach! Unless you pick up the phone and start making calls! said author and filmmaker Mike Cernovich.
Big Tech bribed Texas Republicans to take down their critic AG Paxton. Tomorrow, the Texas House will vote to impeach! Unless you pick up the phone and start making calls!
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) May 26, 2023
“We now see Dade Phelan and fake Texas Republicans are selling out conservatives and trying to subvert the will of voters by removing duly elected Ken Paxton from office,” said Jack Posobiec. “Vote all the RINOs in March!”
We see now @DadePhelan and fake Texas Republicans are selling out conservatives and trying to subvert the will of voters by removing duly elected Ken Paxton from office
Vote all the RINOs in March!
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) May 26, 2023
“What the Texas State House RINOS are trying to do to Patriot America First Ken Paxton is a disgrace,” said Donald Trump Jr. “MAGA stands with Ken Paxton against this RINO/Dem witch hunt!”
What the Texas State House RINOs are trying to do to America’s First patriot Ken Paxton is a shame.
MAGA supports @KenPaxtonTX against this witch hunt led by RINO/Dem!!! https://t.co/YRhoUdqCjw
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 26, 2023
“Ken Paxton is an honorable man. The uniparty is after him – HARD,” said TPUSA founder Charlie Kirk. “Why? Because he’s effectively suing Google and actually going after established corporations that hate America!”
Ken Paxton is an honorable man. One party is after him – HARD
Because it is effectively suing Google and actually going after established corporations that hate America!
—Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) May 26, 2023
“We always knew that Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan wasn’t really a Republican,” said Mike Davis, founder of the anti-big tech Internet Accountability Project. “Why is he rushing tomorrow to impeach Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton? What is the precipitation? What is the proof?
We have always known Texas House Speaker @DadePhelanisn’t really a Republican.
Why is he rushing to impeach the Texas Attorney General@KenPaxtonTXtomorrow?
What is the precipitation?
What is the proof?
Voters have already weighed in. https://t.co/CG5oPcUX4X
— 🇺🇸 Mike Davis 🇺🇸 (@mrddmia) May 26, 2023
“When I was an OAN correspondent, I interviewed AG Ken Paxton on several occasions,” said Camryn Kinsey, a former Trump White House official and OAN correspondent. “He’s a patriot and a genuine person off camera. This bogus impeachment is RIDICULOUS!
When I was an OAN correspondent, I interviewed AG Ken Paxton on several occasions.
He’s a patriot and a genuine off-camera person.
This fake indictment is RIDICULOUS!#TexasCorruption pic.twitter.com/hn5BqlHmdp
— Camryn Kinsey (@camrynbaylee) May 26, 2023
Breitbart News has reached out to Representative Dade Phelan’s office for comment.
Allum Bokhari is Breitbart News’ Senior Technology Correspondent. He is the author of #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal The Election.