The people who worked hardest to overturn the 2020 presidential election suffered little professional consequences. I don’t mean the jet setting real estate agents Other former NYPD officers Other sons of conservative commentators and so on, who stormed the Capitol on January 6: they are fairly well represented in judicial documents. I mean people in positions of power who used that power for evil: Josh Hawley is still in the Senate; Donald Trump is a Party leader of the 19th century; Mark Meadows is now a man of letters.
But at least Ken Paxton isn’t out of the woods yet. In December 2020, the Texas Attorney General, who I profiled for a recent issue of the magazine, he sued Pennsylvania and three other states that Joe Biden won and pushed for their electoral votes to be eliminated. The Supreme Court refused to hear the case and unanimously rejected Paxton’s argument, but the matter didn’t end there. Subsequently, dozens of voters, including four former presidents of the Texas Bar Association, filed formal complaints, accusing the frivolous, bogus and incredibly sloppy lawsuit of violating ethical guidelines. State court investigated. And on Friday it was activated: the Lawyers’ Discipline Commission of the Order South Paxton’s chief deputy, Brent Webster, accuses him of “professional misconduct” for his handling of the case. According to Austin American statesmanPaxton himself “expects to be named in a similar case.”
I can’t speak for the commission case against Webster or Paxton, but the cause of the constituency it was the ugliest of a brief you will ever see from a state AG office – actually, 18 state AG offices – in the Supreme Court. Talk about Dominion voting machines. Wrong the number of electoral votes involved. He repeats this casual statement from a boy in California that “the statistical improbability of Mr. Biden winning the popular vote in these four states collectively is 1 in 1,000,000,000,000,000.” I would have liked to hear the Texas Attorney General guide judges through the math on oral arguments, but he didn’t go oral arguments, and the Texas Attorney General wisely ruled out this case.
The lawsuit served little purpose other than to inflame the Big Lie and insulate Paxton from the aftermath of his various other scandals. And in that respect, even if the bar were to sue him, it would have been a success. He spoke before Trump on the Mall on January 6, and is ready for a third term. He spoke before Trump on the Mall on January 6, and is ready for a third term.