Former President Donald Trump is asserting responsibility for the acquittal of Attorney General Ken Paxton. In a post on his Truth Social platform, Trump stated that his intermittent support on social media for his longtime associate played a role in influencing the outcome of Paxton's impeachment trial.
According to Trump, his involvement in TRUTH SOCIAL prevented Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton from facing opposition from Democrats and certain Republicans, including PAUL RINO (Ryan), Karl Rove, and others. Trump claims that these individuals were persuaded by the facts presented to them and ultimately changed their stance.
Paxton and Trump have had a strong alliance for a while now, as the attorney general from Texas took charge of a lawsuit aimed at contesting the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
Paxton faced impeachment charges due to accusations of misusing his position for the benefit of Austin real estate investor Nate Paul in return for personal favors. The Texas House made a bipartisan decision to impeach Paxton during the month of May.
However, Paxton's impeachment trial concluded on Saturday with a verdict of not guilty on all 16 charges. Shortly after the acquittal, Trump commended Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick for presiding over the Senate trial and urged for Republican House Speaker Dade Phelan to be removed from office. As the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice, Trump disregarded the charges against Paxton as "politically motivated persecution."
The former president's sole public statement regarding the impeachment during the Senate trial was mentioned above. In May, when Paxton was impeached by the House, Trump expressed his opposition to the proceedings and vowed to retaliate against Republicans who opposed Paxton on his social media platform.