Two former top staffers of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testified against him in his impeachment trial on Wednesday. The staffers detailed Paxton’s dealings with Nate Paul, an Austin real estate developer who is at the center of bribery accusations against Paxton. They also revealed Paxton’s alleged confession of an extramarital affair. Paxton’s attorney, Tony Buzbee, aggressively cross-examined one of the former staffers, accusing him of leading a coup against Paxton.
Ryan Bangert, a former deputy first assistant attorney general under Paxton, testified that Paxton applied pressure to disclose a sealed federal affidavit related to the Nate Paul case. Bangert stated that Paxton believed he had been wronged by law enforcement and did not want other Texans to face similar treatment. Another former staffer, Jeff Mateer, denied involvement in removing Paxton’s name from official letterheads and dismissed accusations of staging a coup.
The trial continued without Paxton’s presence, as he was absent on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Paxton’s attorney argued that his presence was only required at the start of the trial. However, Paxton did post a tweet expressing gratitude for the support he has received.