Travis County DA says Paxton must hand over Jan. 6 rally scripts or be sued

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton must turn over records related to former President Donald Trump’s January 6, 2021 rally or face to a trial.

In a letter, Garza told Paxton that he violated Texas public information law and that he had four days to rectify the situation or the DA’s office would take legal action to have the information released. transmitted.

We’ve reached out to Paxton’s office for comment and will update this story when we get back to you.

Houston Chronicle reporters requested emails and emails related to the work of Paxton and Brent Webster, the first deputy attorney general, from Jan. 5-13. The requests were made on January 13 and 29, and the bureau responded to the requests in April saying Paxton’s posts were exempt from solicitor-client privilege.

“However, the OAG released 497 pages of responsive material from Webster’s account, including some in which Paxton was a recipient,” the letter said.

The prosecutor’s office said that was a misinterpretation of solicitor-client privilege.

The Dallas Morning News asked for messages from Paxton’s personal cell phone in February regarding the Jan. 6 rally for former President Trump, and Paxton’s office responded that it “has no information that meets your request.” .

The DA’s letter explains that the Public Information Act does not distinguish between personal or employer-used telephones, “but rather focuses on the nature of the communication or document.” If the information related to official business, the prosecutor’s letter indicated that it was subject to disclosure.

The prosecutor’s letter also said that Paxton’s office gave reporters information that was not his own, but he tried to pass it off as his own. In March, Paxton’s office sent reporters screenshots of Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes’ phone after they both walked into a “simulator enforcement scenario live law”.

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