The Texas House voted 123-23 to impeach Attorney General Ken Paxton on Saturday. He has been immediately sacked from office after serious allegations of bribery and abuse of office.

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The 60-year-old will now face a Senate trial, which will be conducted with senators acting as jurors and House members will be presenting their case acting as impeachment managers. Paxton as of now has been temporarily sacked, as his further fate will be decided after the Senate trial. The permanent removal of Paxton from office and prohibiting him from holding future elected office in Texax will only be done after the support of two-thirds of senators.

The House General Investigating Committee disclosed that it was probing Paxton on the allegations of misconduct and suspicious actions which includes bribery, abuse of office, and obstruction of justice, a week prior to the impeachment. The committee presented the case against Attorney General, holding accountable the repercussions of the actions.

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Rep. David Spiller addressed House members and said, “Today is a very grim and difficult day for this House and for the state of Texas”, “We have a duty and an obligation to protect the citizens of Texas from elected officials who abuse their office and their powers for personal gain.”

However, after the impeachment, several Paxton supporters lambasted the impeachment proceedings, calling them rushed, secretive, and biased. They also claimed Paxton was not given time to defend himself in front of the probing committee.

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Reacting to the move, Rep. John Smithee said, “It concerns me a lot because today it could be General Paxton, tomorrow it could be you and the next day it could be me.”

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Committee member Rep. Ann Johnson made a strong statement against Paxton. “This gentleman is no longer fit for service or for office, Either this is going to be the beginning of the end of his criminal reign, or God help us with the harms that will come to all Texans if he’s allowed to stay the top cop on the take, if millions of Texans can’t trust us to do the right thing, right here, right now”, Johnson said.