Texas Attorney General refuses to hand over records on January 6

Austin, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has rejected a request for a prosecutor’s record of appearing at a Donald Trump rally prior to the assault on the US Capitol.

Last week, Travis County District Attorney’s Office I had set a deadline of 4 days Paxton assembles or faces a proceeding accusing him of violating the state’s public records law in order to reverse the January 6, 2021 record. but, letter At the District Attorney General on Friday, the Attorney General’s office denied the violation and denied the office’s request.

Texas Tribune What was the first report of Paxton’s refusal? The message to the district attorney for comment was not returned immediately.

Paxton and his wife, State Senator Angela Paxton, appeared at an event in Washington, DC, with a speech by the Attorney General. His failed legal push To overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.

Several media outlets Requested Paxton communication Since then under the Texas Public Relations Act. Last March, six media outlets jointly published an article that questioned whether Paxton had broken public records.

Earlier this month 5 Texas newspapers — Austin American Statesman, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News — has filed a complaint asking the district attorney to investigate the alleged breach.

Paxton’s face Some Republican Challengers In his reelection bid this year.

In 2020, eight of Paxton’s top agents accused him of bribery, abuse of authority, and other crimes serving another supporter, Austin’s real estate developer. Allegedly negotiated outside the marriage.. FBI investigating Those claims.

The Attorney General also spent most of his time in the office under another felony charge. He pleaded not guilty to securities fraud in three states in 2015, Not yet faced with trial..