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Texas Attorney General Has Four Days To Deliver January 6 Texts

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been given four days to turn over his digital communications from Jan.6 or face legal action, the Travis County District Attorney said.

Mr Paxton spoke at the pro-Trump rally ahead of the attack on the U.S. Capitol and aided Donald Trump in his efforts to overturn the 2020 election result.

Mr Paxton received a letter from the Travis County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday stating that he had received a complaint from the editors of the state’s largest newspapers: the Austin American Stateman, The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News.

The complaint claimed that Mr. Paxton had failed to comply with the Texas Public Information Act. The letter said the plaintiffs had been informed that his “documents were protected by solicitor-client privilege,” but that they are subject to public release under the State Open Archives Act.

Mr. Paxton did not immediately respond to The independents request for comment Friday morning.

“After a thorough examination of the complaint, the [district attorney’s] office determined that Paxton and [his office] violated Chapter 552 of the Texas government code, ”Jackie Wood, director of the district attorney’s public integrity and complex crimes unit, wrote in the letter.

The two-term Republican is campaigning for re-election this year, but has fierce competition from three other Republicans, former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman, U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert and Land Commissioner George P Bush.

Mr Paxton is awaiting trial on a six-year-old securities fraud charge that has hung over him since taking office in 2015. He has always claimed his innocence and was narrowly re-elected in 2018.

More than 60 people from Texas face riot charges on Capitol Hill.


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