Texas Attorney General given four days to hand over Jan 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 prosecutor said.

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

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

The complaint alleged that Mr. Paxton failed to comply with Texas public information law. The letter said the plaintiffs had been told that his “records were protected by attorney-client privilege” but are subject to public release under the state’s open archives law.

Paxton did not immediately respond to The Independents request for comments on Friday morning.

“After a thorough review 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 Lands Commissioner George P Bush.

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

More than 60 people from Texas face riot charges at the Capitol.

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