The impeachment trial of suspended Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton resumed on Wednesday with the testimony of former First Assistant Jeff Mateer. Before testimony of Mateer started, Paxton’s protection workforce withdrew its objection to privileged communications.
Day Two of the impeachment trial of suspended Attorney General Warren Kenneth Paxton, Jr. started with Paxton’s protection workforce withdrawing their assertion of attorney-client privilege. Paxton’s workforce withdrew objections and the movement in regards to the privilege made throughout the first day of the trial.
One of Paxton’s legal professionals, Tony Buzbee, instructed the Trial President, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, that the protection was withdrawing their assertion primarily based on the privilege as a result of “Attorney General Kenneth Paxton has nothing to hide.” He added that the workforce withdrew the objection to “save all of us some time” however warned that whereas the protection workforce withdrew the assertion of privilege, they might be “focused on hearsay.” Busbee mentioned the protection was additionally withdrawing a written movement they filed final evening.
House impeachment managers’ lawyer Rusty Hardin started questioning Mateer on numerous conferences and discussions with then-Attorney General Paxton.
Witness for the impeachment House Managers, Paxton’s former first assistant testified that he resigned. “I concluded that Mr. Paxton was engaged in conduct that was immoral, unethical, and I had the good faith belief it was illegal.”
Mateer responded to a House “prosecution” query, saying he has not filed a lawsuit in opposition to the suspended AG.
On cross-examination by Tony Busbee, Mateer mentioned that at one level, he believed General Paxton was being blackmailed. He additionally testified that he requested Paxton if he was below any “undue influence.” Paxton answered, “No.” Mateer added, “But his actions did not reveal that.” For instance, he cited Paxton’s allegedly transferring a “woman” from San Antonio, referring to an extramarital affair, and Paxton’s “unusual actions.”
Videos of Day One of the impeachment trial will be discovered on The Texas Senate web site. The Texas State Senate – Senate Video Archives
The Articles of Impeachment, the Rules of Procedure for the Court of Impeachment, witnesses record, motions filed by the House Board of Managers and Paxton’s protection, displays and different potential proof are posted by the Texas Senate on its Senate Court of Impeachment website.
Lana Shadwick is a author and authorized analyst for Breitbart Texas. She is a trial lawyer who served as a Texas prosecutor and household courtroom affiliate choose.
Bob Price is the Breitbart Texas-Border workforce’s affiliate editor and senior information contributor. He is an unique member of the Breitbart Texas workforce. Price is an everyday panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday-morning discuss present. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.